One Tennessee men’s basketball recruit is coming to Knoxville this weekend with a commitment. Another is coming with questions.
Murfressboro native Darius Thompson, who verbally committed to the Vols on March 23, will be joined on an official visit to UT by Rawane Ndiaye, a 6-foot-11 center from Indian Hills Community College.
Thompson, a 6-4 point guard from Blackman High School, is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent with UT when the spring signing period begins Wednesday. After de-committing from Vanderbilt in February, he chose the Vols over Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina State and Virginia.
As a senior this past season, Thompson averaged 16.4 points, 6.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals, leading Blackman to a 30-1 record. He was a Mr. Basketball finalist.
Ndiaye is a lesser-known commodity. He originally committed to Western Carolina out of Body of Christ (N.C.) Academy in 2011 before heading to Indian Hills, which is in Ottumwa, Iowa. Per the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference website, he averaged 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 13 appearances last season.
Ndiaye will make his official visit with a scholarship offer already on the table from UT coach Cuonzo Martin. This coming despite the program already being potentially one scholarship over the NCAA limit of 13 heading into next season.
As it stands, four incoming freshmen are replacing three outgoing scholarship seniors. Joining Thompson are Dyer County High guard Robert Hubbs III, Buford (Ga.) High combo forward A.J. Davis, and Huntington (W.Va.) Prep point guard Travon Landry.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn.