Tennessee basketball is in the middle of the off-season list with a handful of players out and scholarships to fill out.
Here’s who’s leaving and joining Vols for the 2022-23 season:
Victor Bailey Jr.
Bailey switched to George Mason on March 28th. He will play for former Vols assistant Kim English, who was hired as Patriots coach in March 2021.
Bailey, who switched to UT from Oregon in May 2019, played 61 games in two seasons for the Vols. He was Tennessee’s leading recurring goal scorer last season after averaging 10.9 points as a junior. He struggled to get a consistent role early as a senior, but he established himself as a do-it-all weapon off the bench late in the season.
Chandler declared himself in the NBA Draft on April 5 and ended his Tennessee career after one season. Memphis natives are a likely first-round pick. He would be the fourth pick in the first round under Barnes as Tennessee, along with Grant Williams, Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer. Chandler is the third one-and-done for Barnes, joining Johnson and Springer.
Chandler averaged 13.9 points and 4.7 assists, earning All-SEC second-team honors. He had 74 steals, the second most in a season in Tennessee history.
Diboundje moved to East Carolina, where he will play for former UT assistant Mike Schwartz. Schwartz was hired in March after six seasons at UT.
The French wing had a minimal role as a beginner. He played in seven games and averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds
Huntley-Hatfield came in late in the season for Tennessee in sprints, but still chose to enter the transfer portal on April 10th. Huntley-Hatfield averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.5 minutes. He started the last 13 games of the season after Olivier Nkamhoua suffered a season-ending injury on Feb. 5 in South Carolina.
Huntley-Hatfield was a five-star prospect in the 2021 class. He reclassified from the 2022 class and was the highest rated forward to sign with the Vols under Rick Barnes when he joined the 2021 class.
Tamba entered the portal on April 5 after a season with Vols, where he did not play.
6-foot-11 Tamba red jersey in 2021-22 after reclassification from 2022 class to 2021 class to join Vols. UT saw him as a postal project when he signed.
Edwards was the only recruit in 2022 to sign with Vols in November. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Edwards was No. 101 in the 247Sports Composite.
The Catholic product from Knoxville chose Vols over Florida, Georgia, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. He was No. 3 in the state’s prospects for the class. In his junior season, Edwards averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and became the Catholic first player to win Mr. Basketball Award.
Reviewing the NBA Draft process
James has not yet announced that he will review the NBA Draft process while retaining his eligibility for college. But Barnes indicated the junior guard will do it.
“He will do that,” Barnes said on April 7. “Jo is a very methodical and thoughtful person. He will do it based on how he feels and when he decides when he will announce whether he wants to do it or not.”
He averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 32.4% on 3-pointers.
Vescovi was the first Vol to announce his plans after the end of the season. He entered the NBA Draft process on April 26, indicating that Barnes encouraged him to do so.
Vescovi’s decision followed a breakout junior season in which he received All-SEC honors. He averaged 13.3 points and shot 40.3% on 3-pointers. He also snatched career-best 4.4 rebounds per game and had 3.2 assists per game.
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