Jaden Springer is going to be a Vol — and Tennessee basketball has one of the best recruiting classes in program history.
According to ESPN, the five-star guard from Bradenton (Florida) IMG Academy committed to the Vols and Rick Barnes, giving UT a trio of elite prospects in the 2020 class to keep building a program in Knoxville.
The No. 16 prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite, said working to establish a consistent program is part of the draw to UT.
“Of course, especially after what they did last year with the team they had being No. 1 in the country for a good period of time,” Springer said. “I feel like that is big and that is something they are definitely going to try to keep improving.”
Springer is the No. 16 recruit in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. He joins five-star guard Keon Johnson and four-star forward Corey Walker to form the best class of Barnes’ tenure.
Johnson, from the Webb School in Bell Buckle, is the No. 23 player in the country and the top-ranked prospect in the state of Tennessee.
Walker is the No. 36 recruit and was the first to commit in March.
“Keon, I have known him for a long time,” Springer said. “We have played against each other and played with each other. Corey, I have known him for a while, too. We all have already known each other.”
All three took an official visit to Tennessee this weekend for Rocky Top Tip-Off and UT’s football game against Georgia.