Tennessee's 2011 Signees
Player, Position, Ht./Wt., School/Town
Quinton Chievous, G, 6-5/200 Notre Dame/Niles, Illinois
Chris Jones, G, 5-10/180, Various/Memphis
Josh Richardson, G, 6-5/180, Sante Fe/Edmonds, Oklahoma
Wes Washpun, PG, 6-1/170, Washington High/Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Quinton Chievous is the newest member of Tennessee’s Class of 2011, announcing Thursday his intentions to sign with the Vols at a press conference at his high school.
The 6-foot-5 combo guard from Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., chose Tennessee over Saint Louis.
“I was comfortable with the whole atmosphere at Tennessee,’’ said Chievous, who came to Knoxville on an official visit this past weekend. “I was really impressed with Coach (Cuonzo) Martin. He builds a lot of character in his players. He was really big in my decision.’’
Chievous, who signed and sent in his National Letter of Intent later Thursday, averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game last season, but he didn’t score high in the national recruiting rankings on account of his very limited AAU travel schedule.
Still, Chievous received numerous scholarships offers, including Alabama-Birmingham, Providence, Southern Illinois and South Florida.
Vols assistant Tracy Webster served as Chievous’ primary recruiter, as Webster was recruiting him for Nebraska prior to being hired onto Martin’s staff on April 5.
Chievous is a son of Derrick Chievous, Missouri’s all-time scoring leader who also was the first-round pick of the Houston Rockets in the 1988 NBA draft.
Derrick Chievous said he’s confident in UT’s ability to mold his son into a better player.
“This summer will put him in position to work with guys that can re-tool his game,’’ Derrick Chievous said. “He’s always going to play hard, so that will give him an opportunity.’’
Quinton Chievous said he plans to enroll at UT for the first term of summer school in June so he can play in Knoxville’s Pilot Rocky Top League.
“I really think overall I can score the ball, but my main thing is I play hard,’’ said Chievous, who earned second-team all-state honors in Illinois. “I really need to improve my ball handling to become more of a two guard the college level.’’
The Vols have four signees, three of which are expected to enroll at UT this summer.
In addition to Chievous, 6-1 point guard Wes Washpun, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and 6-5 combo guard Josh Richardson from Edmond, Okla., are expected to start classes in June.
Chris Jones, from Melrose High School in Memphis, signed with the Vols but has since said he will most likely attend Northwest Florida State Junior College.
UT is still waiting to learn if Freshman All-American forward Tobias Harris and junior All-SEC shooting guard Scotty Hopson will return to the Vols for another season.
Hopson and Harris have until Sunday to declare if they are leaving their names in the upcoming NBA draft.