There are still four available scholarships for Tennessee basketball to use. The Vols have added transfer Tireke Key and four-star recruit BJ Edwards, but they lost Kennedy Chandler to the NBA, John Fulkerson to graduation and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, Justin Powell, Victor Bailey Jr., Handje Tamba and Quentin Diboundje to transfer.
Rick Barnes is still working on the recruiting trail to offset those losses, and he has a chance to pick up a major commit on the wing soon. However, amidst all those losses, he still needs to add more talent. This post will take a look at the best available options in the portal.
Criteria for ranking these options include not just talent but need and the Vols’ chances of landing each player. Josiah-Jordan James and Santiago Vescovi testing the NBA waters impacts the needs situation too, as it’s possible one of them turns pro. These are the five transfer portal players Tennessee basketball should target.
5. Isiaih Mosley; Missouri State Bears
Guard; 6’5 ″ 194 pounds
Even with the additions of Key and Edwards, the Vols need another guard. After all, they lost four of them. Specifically, they need an elite three-point shooter with the loss of Powell and Vescovi potentially turning pro. There are two options on that front: Isiaih Mosley or AJ Green. Mosley is the more likely and more proven option.
Green transferred from the Northern Iowa Panthers and is testing the NBA Draft waters. His father, Kyle Green, was an assistant with UNI but is now with the Iowa State Cyclones. As a result, if Green does return to college, he’ll probably go there. Mosley, who hails from Columbia, Mo., and went to Rock Bridge High School in Boone County, is also testing the draft waters.
However, Tennessee basketball would be a great fit for him. He has averaged 20 points the past two years, and last year, he shot over 42 percent from three while making over two a game. With two years of eligibility left and a .617 true shooting percentage, he could immediately be an elite scorer on Rocky Top.