Perhaps Tennessee’s biggest win of the weekend wasn’t the thrashing of Kentucky, but instead was a huge pickup on the recruiting trail.

Corey Walker, class of 2020, verbally committed to Tennessee on Sunday after he attended the Tennessee vs. Kentucky game on Saturday.

Some recruiting outlets have Walker as a five-star player while others have him as a four-star. What they all agree on though is that Tennessee is getting a player that we should expect to see in the NBA one day.

Walker is a six foot, six-inch guard/ forward out of Jacksonville, Florida. Rivals.com has him ranked as the number 29 player in country and number 7 small forward. Although he is labeled as small forward in high school, he is very versatile and can play really any position on the floor with the exception of center.

When talking about what drew Walker to Tennessee, his coach, Vince Martin said “Three things stuck out to him. Number one, the academics at Tennessee, being able to get a degree from a prestigious school. Number two is Rick Barnes and he’s huge. He feels really comfortable with coach Rick Barnes. That was the biggest thing. Then the culture at Tennessee, those guys are all bought in.”

Tennessee beat out a lot of top basketball competition in the pursuit of Walker including Arizona, Florida State, Georgetown and maybe the sweetest of them all… Memphis. Walker also picked Tennessee over the majority of SEC schools as he had offers from nine different teams within the conference.

With the commitment from Josiah James late in 2018 and now the commitment from Walker, the dominos are starting to fall for Tennessee. We could be seeing very good basketball for a very long time on Rocky Top.

 

Cover Photo: 247 Sports

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