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Travon Landry, Tennessee's newest basketball commitment, said Thursday he just knew it was time to pledge his services to the Vols on his unofficial visit last weekend.
"I talked to my mom and dad about it, and they said, 'Whenever you are ready,' " said Landry, a junior at Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala. "I just felt like it was the right time to do it.''
Landry, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard, said he had a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt, and that Alabama, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and Georgetown were all actively recruiting him.
"I just really felt I should be at Tennessee,'' said Landry, who attended last Saturday's game against Pittsburgh at Thompson-Boling Arena. "The basketball part of it, I liked the way Coach (Cuonzo) Martin lets his point guard lead the team, because I consider myself a leader on the court first.
"The school fits all my criteria — I take my school seriously. I want to major in sport management, and Tennessee has a good program in that.''
Landry is averaging about 15 points and six assists per game this season for Bob Jones High, located near Huntsville.
Landry's father is retired military, and the family moved to Alabama from San Antonio last summer.
Already, Landry said he has gotten a reaction from his classmates after making a verbal commitment to sign with Tennessee next November.
"They just walk by me and say, 'Roll Tide,' '' Landry said with a chuckle. "I'd been to Alabama twice, for a red-and-white (basketball) scrimmage, and I watched them practice and went to their football game with Tennessee.''
Landry's primary recruiter is UT assistant Tracy Webster, a former All-Big Ten point guard at Wisconsin.
Landry said the Vols started recruiting him in early October, and he was quickly impressed.
Rivals.com rates Landry as a three-star prospect, but he said he's not too concerned with that.
"I really don't worry about what the ratings are,'' he said. "Once you get on the court, you either put up or shut up.''
Landry said his quickness is his greatest strength and he takes pride in his defense, but that he still needs to "shore up my jumper.''
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32