Galen Campbell is on board with new Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin.
The 6-foot-4 wing and 2011 Fulton High School graduate met with Martin on Saturday morning and confirmed his status as an invited walk-on for the Vols.
Campbell was an invited walk-on under former UT coach Bruce Pearl, who was fired March 21 and replaced by Martin on March 27.
After Pearl was fired, Campbell said he received new recruiting interest from Division I programs Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun Conference) and High Point University (Big South Conference).
UT, meanwhile, continued to show interest when one of Martin’s newly hired assistants, Kent Williams, came to Fulton to scout Campbell.
“I worked out a couple of months ago for Coach Williams,” Campbell said Sunday. “He came to school and watched me work out with Jon Higgins (Fulton assistant coach and former UT player).”
Campbell said he felt comfortable after Saturday’s meeting with Martin.
“It went good,” Campbell said. “He just talked about the guidelines, what to expect and all of that, and he said how hard I had to work, and how I’ve got to do the right things on and off the court.”
By NCAA rules, Martin can’t comment on invited walk-ons before they enroll in school because they aren’t signees, and they still may be recruited and decide to go elsewhere until enrolling.
Campbell said Martin made it clear what he expects.
“He just told me I had to work on everything, and I needed to work much harder,” Campbell said. “He just laid down the blueprint for everything, how I’d be treated, fair and equal, like everybody else.”
Campbell, who averaged 24 points and nine rebounds last season for Fulton, plans to start working out with some of the Vols next week. He said he might attend summer school at UT in July, and he plans to play in the Pilot Rocky Top Summer League.
Campbell said Kennesaw State and High Point have not made scholarship offers, and any chance of him taking a late offer ended after Saturday’s meeting with Martin.
“That’s where I want to be,” Campbell said of UT. “My family’s here, my church is here, my parents will be able to watch me play. … I’m excited. I’ve just got to come in and work my butt off and work hard every day, and I should do well.”
Dave Link is a freelance contributor.