6-foot-11 Lekan Ajayi to make official visit to Tennessee this weekend

Tennessee will be looking to take care of business off the court as well as on it Sunday afternoon in Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Vols will stage their biggest recruiting weekend for visitors of the season with the arena packed for the noon showdown with No. 20 Kentucky.

UT is expecting 10 visitors, nine of the unofficial variety along with official visitor Lekan Ajayi of the Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C.

UT’s Class of 2011 ranks No. 22 in the nation according to Rivals.com with guards Chris Jones and Kevin Ware already signed.

Tennessee has been after the 6-foot-11, 235-pound Ajayi for quite some time, hoping to gain his favor over Florida, Loyola Marymount, Seton Hall, Arizona and Oklahoma.

Ajayi appears to be UT’s top target remaining in the Class of 2011, as the Vols are in dire need of a big man with senior centers Brian Williams and John Fields departing at the conclusion of this season.

Ajayi is noted for his strong defense and shot-blocking skills, a big man who can run the floor well and finish above the rim but is still relatively raw on offense.

A number of top Class of 2012 targets are also expected to attend Sunday’s game.

Jarnell Stokes, a 6-7, 230-pound front-line prospect from Central High School in Memphis is ranked No. 9 in the nation by Rivals.com.

Shaq Goodwin, a 6-8, 230-pounder from Dekalb High in Decatur, Ga., is another big man from the Class of 2012.

The Vols are also looking to set themselves up for a scorer in the Class of 2012, and wing Alex Poythress (6-7,205) of Clarksville’s Northeast High would seem to fit that mold.

UT is already moving on 2013 and 2014 prospects, and some of the finest are expected here Sunday.

Austin Nichols of Briarcrest Christian in Memphis and Cole Harrison of Battle Ground Academy in Nashville are two of the top players in Tennessee in the Class of 2013.

Jalen Lindsey, a 6-5 player from Nashville’s Christ Presbyterian, is considered one of the top freshmen in Class of 2014.

The Vols are also active recruiting in the junior college ranks, as UT assistant Jason Shay has attended games in Daytona, Fla., and Tyler, Texas, over the past couple of weeks.

Shay missed Thursday’s game at South Carolina while attending a Texas junior college event.

The following boys’ basketball players are scheduled to visit Tennessee this weekend.

Official visitor

Class of 2011

C Lekan Ajayi, 6-11, 235

Quality Education Academy, Winston-Salem, N.C.

ESPN rates Ajayi as a two-star prospect.

Unofficial visitors

Class of 2012

C-PF Jarnell Stokes, 6-7,230

Central High, Memphis

Rivals.com No. 9

SG Andre Applewhite 6-4, 205

Central High, Memphis

Not ranked, offers from Middle Tennessee and Missouri State

C-PF Shaq Goodwin, 6-8, 230

Southwest Dekalb High, Decatur, Ga.

Rivals.com No. 20

W Alex Poythress, 6-7,205

Northeast High, Clarksville

Rivals.com No. 35

PG Craig Bradshaw, 6-3, 202

Nashville CPA Christ Presbyterian Academy

Not ranked

W Tevin Glass, 6-8, 190

Meadowcreek Hight, Norcross,Ga.

Rivals.com No. 142

Class of 2013

Austin Nichols, 6-7

Memphis Briarcrest Christan

Scout 3-star

Cole Harrison, 6-10

Nashville Battle Ground Academy

Not ranked

Class of 2014

Jalen Lindsey, 6-5

Nashville CPA Christ Presbyterian Academy

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rdrgtr writes:

6'11" that can run the floor well and block shots is only considered a 2 star? go figure...

CarbonCopy (Inactive) writes:

Brian Williams was only a on or two star .

VolunteerLifer writes:

I hope these kids will all want to come to UT and will all want to sign up. Good luck to the coaching staff in their recruiting efforts.

james#216392 writes:

12 noon and we are having CAT

dlobh writes:

in response to james#216392:

12 noon and we are having CAT

One of the best responses all time

VolFanNC writes:

all I want in this class is someone who can shoot the 3s. if Bruce is still here next year he need to return to the pressing style of play he once had. He isn't going to win with half court offense next year.

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to CarbonCopy:

Brian Williams was only a on or two star .

...and unfortunately he still is.

lomas98 writes:

That is a lot of visitors but when only Shay can recruit right now, I guess they have to get as many as possible to come to campus. Not sure on the rules, but can Bruce, Jones, and Forbes have the same amount of contact as usual for on campus visitors?

dlobh writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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But, as you well know, the Vols may very well beat the Cats Sunday. But the Cats definitely won't beat the Vols in November. And if you're not obsessed, why 1470 posts on this site?

Randall Cobb even got sick of it and left.

You have a nice weekend too.

26 (or 1984, which was the last time)

BigVolFaninSC writes:

Get some players that can shoot the ball! Defense can be taught! We need some bigs that can play offense in the paint!...2 star?...seriously?!

BigVolinCarolina writes:

I hope we don't burn a scholarship just to get some height. UT needs legit "big men" badly but, if all they do is take up space, then it's pointless.

The bigger issue is Pearl's offense. If we're going to continually rely on 3-pointers, then no legit "big" is gonna come play for the Vols because he won't get offensive looks and won't develop. Pearl's coaching has been defined by perimeter shots and hoping that our bigs can put back missed perimeter shots.

I'd gladly take a couple of 6'8" guys who own the glass, play defense, can make anything inside of 10 feet and who WANT to be bangers. Hope it happens. We'll see.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Man you must be a glutton for punishment. I had read about people like this...they love the ones who abuse them...a sickness really...just kiddin Cat....

VOLsince68 writes:

in response to BigVolFaninSC:

Get some players that can shoot the ball! Defense can be taught! We need some bigs that can play offense in the paint!...2 star?...seriously?!

As bad as I hate to say it, it's going to be hard to get top talent to come here with all that is looming. Hopefully, they know more about everything than we do and it's not as bad as we think. However, I'm fairly skeptical of that being the case.

GO VOLS!!!!!!!

txvolsfan writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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would figure there would be more cats on facebook. It's not like they have to go to class or take test because Calimari has someone do that for them!!!

HtownVol writes:

I cant express how much Bruce needs to sign at least two big men in this class.

Right now UT has a major weakness in the paint.

BW has never used his frame to his advantage.
Fields has zero Offense in his game, and seems to pick up fouls quicker than minutes.

Next year as it stands right now our starting Center is Kenny Hall. If you have seen Hall play it is easy to see that Hall is about 40 pounds too light.

Maymon is the next big at about 6'6. Maymon has great energy but he seems to wish he was a Point Guard. He takes wild shots and handles the ball at times when he should not usually resulting in a turnover.

I know the Guard situation is up in the air with Golden not hitting most of the shots he takes. Chris Jones hopefully is the scorer I hear he is because Golden is nowhere near ready to lead the team.

I say all this assuming Hopson and Harris leave early. Hopsons stock will never be higher than it is right now and we all expect Harris to be a one and done from day one.

Harris would actually benifit from coming back as he seems to have hit a wall up until the USC game this week.

Anyway after Hall and Maymon UT is so scary out of bigs that it has me very nervous about next season.

I can only hope that this staff has a couple Bigs all but signed. UT will not make even the NIT if we do not have a couple more bigs coming in. Not trying to sound so down but it is the truth.

Please Bruce... Sign a TRUE CENTER! One that can score with his back to the basket!

GO VOLS!

VOL1972 writes:

I would think both Hopson & Harris are waiting to get a better feel for what additional penalities the NCAA hands out and where they would go in the draft.

IMO neither is ready for the NBA. Hopson has finally arrived, but too late in the season to assure he'll be playing in the NBA next year. Harris could really use another year, but I am sure he doesn't want to go through another one like this.

If UT had a 3rd option on offense, we would be about 5 wins better off and looking at a 4 seed. That's what I would expect next year. It's all up to the NCAA and how hard they come down on the VOLS.

orangecountyvols writes:

Prideofthesouthland,

You are right about certain 'visitors' to this site.
They claim to have dominion over the Vols, so if so, why not accept it and move on? No, the reason is called envy and obsession. The envy is the football thing and the obsession with the vols is a struggle to somehow 'get back at us' in basketball. Fact is, Tennessee has even beaten a certain team in blue more than any other school.
I guess this is part of the reason trolls pitch their tents on this site.

Ironcity writes:

in response to HtownVol:

I cant express how much Bruce needs to sign at least two big men in this class.

Right now UT has a major weakness in the paint.

BW has never used his frame to his advantage.
Fields has zero Offense in his game, and seems to pick up fouls quicker than minutes.

Next year as it stands right now our starting Center is Kenny Hall. If you have seen Hall play it is easy to see that Hall is about 40 pounds too light.

Maymon is the next big at about 6'6. Maymon has great energy but he seems to wish he was a Point Guard. He takes wild shots and handles the ball at times when he should not usually resulting in a turnover.

I know the Guard situation is up in the air with Golden not hitting most of the shots he takes. Chris Jones hopefully is the scorer I hear he is because Golden is nowhere near ready to lead the team.

I say all this assuming Hopson and Harris leave early. Hopsons stock will never be higher than it is right now and we all expect Harris to be a one and done from day one.

Harris would actually benifit from coming back as he seems to have hit a wall up until the USC game this week.

Anyway after Hall and Maymon UT is so scary out of bigs that it has me very nervous about next season.

I can only hope that this staff has a couple Bigs all but signed. UT will not make even the NIT if we do not have a couple more bigs coming in. Not trying to sound so down but it is the truth.

Please Bruce... Sign a TRUE CENTER! One that can score with his back to the basket!

GO VOLS!

I really disagree with your points. If you would have told me that Dane Bradshaw would be your power forward and you would have Stanley Asumu starting a small forward I would have told you NCAA was a pipe dream a number of years ago.

I think coach Pearl does better with smaller teams. Woolridge will give us a lot of quality minutes next year and Hall will be a much better player when he is getting 25-30 minutes as opposed to 3-5 minutes he sees now. The press will come back and the chaos we all loved so much will return.

Jones will be a huge benefit offensively for the team and Golden will be aloud to move to his more natural shooting guard spot. Not sure why so many are down on next year.

If coach does get forced out UT will hire another coach. The world will not come to an end. That said I am starting to believe that UT will get penalized in the same manner as UConn (a lost scholarship for a couple of years). What Calhoun did (lying and trying to buy players)was far worse then coach Pearl did.
The penalty he was charge for is the same as what Pearl is charged for. So why does Pearl get fired and half a season suspension and Calhoun get a three game suspension? The NCAA will have a hard time justifying drilling our basketball team much worse then they did UConn.

One last thing, don't you think there are bigger issues for the NCAA with whats happening at Auburn and now Oregon to continue to pound some one over a barbecue?

BigVolinCarolina writes:

in response to HtownVol:

I cant express how much Bruce needs to sign at least two big men in this class.

Right now UT has a major weakness in the paint.

BW has never used his frame to his advantage.
Fields has zero Offense in his game, and seems to pick up fouls quicker than minutes.

Next year as it stands right now our starting Center is Kenny Hall. If you have seen Hall play it is easy to see that Hall is about 40 pounds too light.

Maymon is the next big at about 6'6. Maymon has great energy but he seems to wish he was a Point Guard. He takes wild shots and handles the ball at times when he should not usually resulting in a turnover.

I know the Guard situation is up in the air with Golden not hitting most of the shots he takes. Chris Jones hopefully is the scorer I hear he is because Golden is nowhere near ready to lead the team.

I say all this assuming Hopson and Harris leave early. Hopsons stock will never be higher than it is right now and we all expect Harris to be a one and done from day one.

Harris would actually benifit from coming back as he seems to have hit a wall up until the USC game this week.

Anyway after Hall and Maymon UT is so scary out of bigs that it has me very nervous about next season.

I can only hope that this staff has a couple Bigs all but signed. UT will not make even the NIT if we do not have a couple more bigs coming in. Not trying to sound so down but it is the truth.

Please Bruce... Sign a TRUE CENTER! One that can score with his back to the basket!

GO VOLS!

Agreed. We really need a couple of legit big men, including a true center. As we all know, though, true centers are hard to come by and they usually have their pick of where they want to go.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

in response to Ironcity:

I really disagree with your points. If you would have told me that Dane Bradshaw would be your power forward and you would have Stanley Asumu starting a small forward I would have told you NCAA was a pipe dream a number of years ago.

I think coach Pearl does better with smaller teams. Woolridge will give us a lot of quality minutes next year and Hall will be a much better player when he is getting 25-30 minutes as opposed to 3-5 minutes he sees now. The press will come back and the chaos we all loved so much will return.

Jones will be a huge benefit offensively for the team and Golden will be aloud to move to his more natural shooting guard spot. Not sure why so many are down on next year.

If coach does get forced out UT will hire another coach. The world will not come to an end. That said I am starting to believe that UT will get penalized in the same manner as UConn (a lost scholarship for a couple of years). What Calhoun did (lying and trying to buy players)was far worse then coach Pearl did.
The penalty he was charge for is the same as what Pearl is charged for. So why does Pearl get fired and half a season suspension and Calhoun get a three game suspension? The NCAA will have a hard time justifying drilling our basketball team much worse then they did UConn.

One last thing, don't you think there are bigger issues for the NCAA with whats happening at Auburn and now Oregon to continue to pound some one over a barbecue?

Ironcity, I usually agree with most of your posts but not on this one. Even when we had Bradshaw and Asumnu, we still had limitations--and the result was getting knocked out in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tourney against Wichita State. I was there for that game and their height (along with a lack of UT's height) killed us.

As for Pearl, if it had just been the BBQ and the text messages, I don't think the NCAA would come down hard on us; however, Pearl admitted to knowing it was a violation, telling players and recruits (and their families) to be quiet about it, contacted recruits' families to try and cover-up the BBQ, 4 out of 5 coaches lied about it (which implies some sort of conspiracy), and then Pearl lied about it (only to come clean later). It's the fact that SO MANY steps were taken to be deceptive, along with blatant lying by Pearl, that will haunt the BasketVols in the eyes of the NCAA.

Auburn and Oregon certainly have their problems. Perhaps the NCAA championship game was a fitting match-up in more ways than one. I'll be curious to see if Oregon takes a page from the Auburn playbook and says, "We didn't know anything about it." It worked for Auburn, but certainly didn't for Pearl.

jerseydevilvol writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Get D-League money, haha that was pretty funny.

murrayvol writes:

in response to PrideOfTheSouthlandBanned:

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Hey, Pride. I have no qualms whatsoever about poking fun at UK.....UK fans were born to be poked.

murrayvol writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

...and unfortunately he still is.

Cruel.

murrayvol writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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We struggle at home. Cats can't win on the road. Makes for an interesting matchup.

Difference is the Vols really care about beating UK.

Vols 68
Cats 65

And in the interest of promoting "Good Grammar Week" in Tennessee it's "you're" not your.

brokendownoldvol writes:

We'll see how much this team cares about TN tomorrow.

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