Top propsect of 2013 class offered scholarship by UT

Jabari Parker (11) of Chicago Simeon blocks the shot of Lombard Glenbard East's Johnny Hill (44)during the semifinal game in Illinois Class 4A. Tennessee offered Parker a scholarship on Monday, April 18, 2011.

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Jabari Parker (11) of Chicago Simeon blocks the shot of Lombard Glenbard East's Johnny Hill (44)during the semifinal game in Illinois Class 4A. Tennessee offered Parker a scholarship on Monday, April 18, 2011.

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin’s men’s basketball staff is recruiting this week with one eye on the future, offering a scholarship to Jabari Parker, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound Class of 2013 forward from Chicago.

Parker, a sophomore at the Simeon Career Academy, is “hands down the best player in the state of Illinois regardless of class” according to the Illinois Prep Bulls-eye website.

Parker is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2013, according to ESPN.com, and he also is considering Kansas, Georgetown, Illinois, Washington and Michigan State. He will go to Washington on an unofficial visit this weekend.

The ESPN.com scouting report on Parker states: “Parker plays with energy and urgency and seems to take the game very serious . . . he has the tools to be a special player. He is versatile on the offensive end, with the ability to make plays from the wing, low block and high post.’’

In Class of 2011 news, UT no longer is recruiting 6-9 forward Lekan Ajayi of the Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ajayi visited Auburn this past weekend and told the News Sentinel on Monday that his final two choices are Wyoming and Loyola Marymount.

The Auburn Undercover 24/website reports that Auburn, Missouri and Loyola Marymount are his final three.

The Vols have two signees in the Class of 2011: point guard Wes Washpun of Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and combo guard Chris Jones of Melrose High School in Memphis.

Josh Richardson, a 6-5 combo guard from Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., made a verbal commitment to UT on Saturday to sign in the Class of 2011, and told the News Sentinel he will fax in his signed National Letter of Intent by the end of this week.

Bishop Daniels, a Class of 2011 signee at Miami, Fla., has asked to be released from his National Letter of Intent with the Hurricanes and wants to sign with Tennessee or Rutgers, according to Sports Illustrated’s website.

The Vols will not actively pursue Daniels until he has been released from his scholarship. Daniels, a 6-2 shooting guard out of Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., is ranked No. 112 in the Class of 2011 by Rivals.com. Daniels is the only player former Miami coach Frank Haith signed before leaving the program to take over as head coach at Missouri.

One-time Tennessee signee Kevin Ware has committed to Central Florida, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ware, of Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga., was released from his National Letter of Intent after former Vols coach Bruce Pearl was fired.

Ware, ranked 56th nationally, will play in the adidas Derby Classic all-star game in Louisville on Friday.

Former UT player Phillip Jurick, a 6-11, 245-pound post who left the Vols after two semesters during the 2008-09 season and transferred to Chattanooga State, has signed with Oklahoma State.

Jurick averaged 10.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 9.5 blocks last season.

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agentorange writes:

2013, huh? Hope that's 2 years post-Hamilton error (did that on purpose).

Ironcity writes:

It sounds like Martin is pretty convinced that Ware will not be coming to UT. Interesting on Lekan. I wonder if there is something he knows that we don't like a commitment from another big or does he just believe its better to be small and quick then bring on poor bigs. My thought is I am glad he is not bringing in someone if he doesn't believe they can help.

volsfan74 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

It sounds like Martin is pretty convinced that Ware will not be coming to UT. Interesting on Lekan. I wonder if there is something he knows that we don't like a commitment from another big or does he just believe its better to be small and quick then bring on poor bigs. My thought is I am glad he is not bringing in someone if he doesn't believe they can help.

I agree Iron. You can't afford to waste scholarships in BBALL. If you miss on one or two in football it's no big deal but in BBALL you really do not have any wiggle room for error. Especially if we could loose a scholarship or 2 in the NCAA sanctions.

VOL1972 writes:

Of course, offering and signing are two different things, but it's nice to see CCM go after a guy like this. I was beginning to wonder if he has something against 4 and 5 star players. On paper, he is another Tobias Harris.

MothershipChip writes:

Ware is a Card, l hope we pick up Daniels.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Parker would probably look real good in Orange.

allvol32 writes:

The NCAA should allow at least one additional in-home visit when it was a previous coaching staff that used up all of the alloted visits for the school. I'm not holding my breath however...

born2ride writes:

The Ware ship has sailed. Chris Jones may not be eligible. Washpun and Richardson are marginal players at best. There is not much left in this class.

If Hopson and Harris both go pro we will not have much talent next year.

VolMoment writes:

in response to born2ride:

The Ware ship has sailed. Chris Jones may not be eligible. Washpun and Richardson are marginal players at best. There is not much left in this class.

If Hopson and Harris both go pro we will not have much talent next year.

Man why doesn't the Boston Celtics hire you to decide who has talent and who doesn't.

volfan53 writes:

If my memory serves me correctly, Michael Jordan was not a super star in high school either.

volfan53 writes:

in response to volfan53:

If my memory serves me correctly, Michael Jordan was not a super star in high school either.

Sorry I was wrong. He was a Micky D's all american his senior year in HS.

jopad writes:

in response to volfan53:

If my memory serves me correctly, Michael Jordan was not a super star in high school either.

He was runner up for North Carolinas Mr. Basketball. The winner was ---you guessed it---Buzz Peterson from Asheville.

johnlg00 writes:

Don't know just what the deal was with Ajayi, but I SURELY hope CCM can dig up a relatively decent big guy for this class. Probably have to take a chance on a JC guy to do it, though. Don't know what chance we have of getting Parker, but I'm glad CCM made the offer. As the old saying goes, "You can't make the sale if you don't ask for it."

tennrich1 writes:

in response to born2ride:

The Ware ship has sailed. Chris Jones may not be eligible. Washpun and Richardson are marginal players at best. There is not much left in this class.

If Hopson and Harris both go pro we will not have much talent next year.

Well, according to previous ratings and the love affair with the star system we will still be loaded....just relax and ride there born..

ODA751 writes:

If I remember correctly, UT recruited another kid named Parker right outside of Chicago a couple of years ago. "She" went on to be a pretty good player. Wonder if they're cousins?

Slystone writes:

Okay, a 2013 player from Chicago. One of the Asst Coaches from that area must have the inside track on him. It's all about the coaches and their relationship with the players, not the school itself. Hope they can get him, but there will be top competition out there for him.

Slystone writes:

As long as Hamilton is at UT, Ware ain't coming. The man lied to the kid and he hasn't forgotten it.

Vol_in_VA writes:

in response to Ironcity:

It sounds like Martin is pretty convinced that Ware will not be coming to UT. Interesting on Lekan. I wonder if there is something he knows that we don't like a commitment from another big or does he just believe its better to be small and quick then bring on poor bigs. My thought is I am glad he is not bringing in someone if he doesn't believe they can help.

I think it's because Ajayi reported his 3 final schools and Tennessee was not one of them. It wasn't Coach Martin's choice.

voloffaith writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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Tim Duncan feeling kinda Grizzlie right now....oops out of eligibility. The comment on the JC route is out there,but it is all quiet on "The Eastern Front." As said with Aya...spell rest of it yoself we might not know the whole picture on him or other Pf or centers being evaluated/contacted. However,you really can't keep that stuff away from the press checking flight schedules and twitter from prospects so it isn't going to be long b4 we know if something is in the works between now and end of May signing period.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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That's the problem...there are no more big guys that can play NOW. At best we'll get a big guy that can chew up a few minutes and not look lost while on the floor. But offensively or defensively, there are no big guys with any impacting talent. We will have to wait until 2012 or 2013 to find the bigs we need to bump and grind in the SEC.

My theory is that we will be playing Villanova type small ball until we can get some bigs signed.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Don't have to worry about Ware now. Surprised that he committed to Central Fla. however.

keepitreal4vols writes:

I'm going to let Coach Martin do all the worrying. Thats why he gets paid the big bucks. Lets not start firing everyone employed by the State of Tennessee just yet.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Seal the deal!

Go Big Orange!

Ironcity writes:

in response to Vol_in_VA:

I think it's because Ajayi reported his 3 final schools and Tennessee was not one of them. It wasn't Coach Martin's choice.

UT did not offer. He still wanted to come. I get the feeling CM wants a more offensive big man then what Lakan offers.

govols1234567 writes:

This just in from multiple sources; Kevin Ware signs with Central Florida

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports...

TNPilgrim writes:

Sounds kind of lame by offering a scholarship to a kid two years away from graduation. He'll change his mind 100 times between now and then, and it makes UT look desperate.

BigOrangeJeff writes:

"Jurick averaged 10.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 9.5 blocks last season."

9.5 blocks per game?

flatrock writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Don't have to worry about Ware now. Surprised that he committed to Central Fla. however.

Isn't Central Florida the school Michael Jordan
funds?

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to born2ride:

The Ware ship has sailed. Chris Jones may not be eligible. Washpun and Richardson are marginal players at best. There is not much left in this class.

If Hopson and Harris both go pro we will not have much talent next year.

What a depressing change in UT basketball after getting a taste of success. We have 2 coaches in the big sports that come to us with personality and no real game success.

Fire Hamilton.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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Not unlike other situations when the current head coach leaves a program, the most important recruiting effort by the new coach will be retaining a current player, Mr. Harris. Facing unknown sanctions from the NCAA, if he convinces him to stay it will almost be like Phil getting Peyton or Stu getting Bernard from NYC to wear Orange.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Hmmm...lot's of guards! I like it. we have to have better guard play. I still hope Martin can pull a big out of his hat somewhere.

VOLsince68 writes:

in response to BigOrangeJeff:

"Jurick averaged 10.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 9.5 blocks last season."

9.5 blocks per game?

Must be a type-O. He'd be on everyone's radar if that were true.

GO VOLS!!!!!

Jimbobsopinion writes:

in response to Slystone:

As long as Hamilton is at UT, Ware ain't coming. The man lied to the kid and he hasn't forgotten it.

Hamilton lied to UT and said he was a qualified AD.
We haven't forgotten either.

born2ride writes:

Ware is going to UCF. We are now losing players to CUSA schools.

kyvol_mac writes:

Maybe a duo from Word of God??

"The Vols will not actively pursue Daniels until he has been released from his scholarship. Daniels, a 6-2 shooting guard out of Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., is ranked No. 112 in the Class of 2011 by Rivals.com"

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-baske...

calvolfromkingsport writes:

It seems CCM is recruiting a lot of speed.It's gonna be fun watching these guys play D and run the court. Reminds me of CBP's first couple of teams. Just a lot more discipline.

peyton4prez writes:

Hopson and Harris are both going pro. With the top players like Barnes, and Sullinger staying in school Harris could go mid 1st round and Hopson mid to late 2nd. That being said things are going to be lean next year and our record will show it. CCM has alot of work to do seeing as how we won't have a single guy on our team capable of scoring double digit points consistently.

volinlouisiana writes:

in response to cdldoc#211897:

What a depressing change in UT basketball after getting a taste of success. We have 2 coaches in the big sports that come to us with personality and no real game success.

Fire Hamilton.

I thought CCM just was awarded minority coach of the year over Shaka Smart. That is at least some success. Dooley's record in Ruston wasn't that great, but no one can win in Ruston. If you talk to the folks around here about Dooley, they think he's amazing. Give him time, he's definitely got us going in the right direction.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

5* PF from a FANTASTIC program. What a pipeline that would be.

osbymartin75 writes:

in response to TNPilgrim:

Sounds kind of lame by offering a scholarship to a kid two years away from graduation. He'll change his mind 100 times between now and then, and it makes UT look desperate.

I agree that he will change his mind numerous times...but saying that it makes UT look desperate is ridiculous...duke, mich st, kansas, ohio st, pitt, texas and numerous others have offered...you would be far fetched to say that any of those teams are desperate for recruits.. do i think we can get him..maybe its all about relationships...the chances are slim...but honestly who would have thought we would get harris....jmo

STLVOLS writes:

Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are hot recruiting grounds with metro populations much larger than Memphis. CCM has ties to these three metros. A lotta talent up in Midwest. Yes, Chicago is a midwestern city and makes Atlanta look relatively small.

Slystone writes:

in response to born2ride:

Ware is going to UCF. We are now losing players to CUSA schools.

We've been losing players to ConfUSA. See the Memphis roster the last 6 years.

VolNationPride writes:

in response to born2ride:

Ware is going to UCF. We are now losing players to CUSA schools.

Guess you can say that about any school that was recruiting him. The kid has his reasons, it has nothing to do with UT. Continue being negative though

MusicCityVol writes:

I have faith in Cuonzo. If he is good enough for Dane Bradshaw he is good enough for me.

Checkerboard Chatting with Dane Bradshaw and Chad Withrow
http://checkerboardchatter.blogspot.c...

VolNationPride writes:

in response to TNPilgrim:

Sounds kind of lame by offering a scholarship to a kid two years away from graduation. He'll change his mind 100 times between now and then, and it makes UT look desperate.

Truth is, kids are recruited in the 8th grade now. If you are not recruiting early, you have no chance in landing a big recruit. That is the nature of the game now.

Coaches need to establish a base with a kid, get to know him, get to know their character and find out not only would that guy be good for your program, but whether your program is right for that kid.

Twelvethirtyone writes:

"Top propsect of 2013 class offered scholarship by UT"

LOL... Am I the only one that noticed KNS / GVX misspelled "Prospect"? Ok, yeah... I'm a nerd... but the editor's missed one there!

I am glad to see CCM offering a scholarship to a highly ranked prospect, as long as the player fits his system... Almost seemed like former CBP started bringing in guys that didn't fit his system and the "controlled chaos" disappeared. I am a believer that if you have a system you believe in, get the players that fit your system, regardless of their recruiting "stars"

cobbwebb writes:

in response to osbymartin75:

I agree that he will change his mind numerous times...but saying that it makes UT look desperate is ridiculous...duke, mich st, kansas, ohio st, pitt, texas and numerous others have offered...you would be far fetched to say that any of those teams are desperate for recruits.. do i think we can get him..maybe its all about relationships...the chances are slim...but honestly who would have thought we would get harris....jmo

"but honestly who would have thought we would get harris"...... the guy who wrote the check!!!

cobbwebb writes:

in response to osbymartin75:

I agree that he will change his mind numerous times...but saying that it makes UT look desperate is ridiculous...duke, mich st, kansas, ohio st, pitt, texas and numerous others have offered...you would be far fetched to say that any of those teams are desperate for recruits.. do i think we can get him..maybe its all about relationships...the chances are slim...but honestly who would have thought we would get harris....jmo

i agree osby, nothing desperate about it!! this clown still subscribes to the buzz peterson school of recruiting!! make zero offers, and then one week before signing day, steal a couple players from LMU, and Tusculum!!!

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