Rawane Ndiaye, Darius Thompson to visit UT

Darius Thompson

Darius Thompson

Rawane Ndiaye

Rawane Ndiaye

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.

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87Volforlife writes:

We could loose Stokes and McRae to the NBA, but I seriously doubt it. My bet is Martin may want to rid the team of Edwards and Reese; and doing so is a whole other topic concerning the image or precedent it sets (with Washpun last year a trend will have begun), what those players want, what is in their best interest, what was promised to them when the came, what is best for the team and how do they fit into the future. But we could also see Moore or Chieves transfer for more playing time. Both are good players who will likely see much less playing time next year if Maymon returns to form, Stokes and McRae return period; and too Hubbs turns out to be all that. Chieves has already burned a red-shirt so I don't really see him leaving, but it could happen. But with an offer on the table to Ndiaye and Thompson already coming, and Landry's camp saying he his still coming too, we are definitely losing two players we didn't think we were going to at season's end. I doubt Makanjuola or Davis could be in play but you never know. No way Richardson or Golden are not back as far as I can see. Should be interesting to see how it plays out.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

He averaged 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 13 appearances last season. And we're recruiting him because???

OwensboroVol writes:

Why are We offering this kid a full ride? 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a Community College League??????????????????? I don't think this can be justified. This is pitiful.

flatrock writes:

Wow! A post that averages 2.5 ppg and the PG from Huntsville who averages 2.7 ppg ! Someone please explain...

richvol writes:

Martin is doing some strange things in recruiting. Too many projects.

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to sly_stone99#434111:

He averaged 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 13 appearances last season. And we're recruiting him because???

He sounds like a monster don't he? Another Nerlins noel

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to flatrock:

Wow! A post that averages 2.5 ppg and the PG from Huntsville who averages 2.7 ppg ! Someone please explain...

These are two defensive specialists, You see if they can hold the man they are guarding to 1 point per game we will be just fine with them.

underthehill writes:

in response to 87Volforlife:

We could loose Stokes and McRae to the NBA, but I seriously doubt it. My bet is Martin may want to rid the team of Edwards and Reese; and doing so is a whole other topic concerning the image or precedent it sets (with Washpun last year a trend will have begun), what those players want, what is in their best interest, what was promised to them when the came, what is best for the team and how do they fit into the future. But we could also see Moore or Chieves transfer for more playing time. Both are good players who will likely see much less playing time next year if Maymon returns to form, Stokes and McRae return period; and too Hubbs turns out to be all that. Chieves has already burned a red-shirt so I don't really see him leaving, but it could happen. But with an offer on the table to Ndiaye and Thompson already coming, and Landry's camp saying he his still coming too, we are definitely losing two players we didn't think we were going to at season's end. I doubt Makanjuola or Davis could be in play but you never know. No way Richardson or Golden are not back as far as I can see. Should be interesting to see how it plays out.

Seems like sound reasoning to me..I think Moore has shown too much promise to be urged to leave..may want to on his own..as for Reese..he seems to lack the speed to be a good defender..as for Ndiaye..makes no sense..if you can't beat that in JC..you got no chance in the SEC..

eaglentn2002#343016 writes:

Ndiaye didn't even start in Community College. He had 1 start in 13 games. His best stat was 31 fouls in 96 mins. I guess Yemi will have some competition at who can foul out first.

Razor784 writes:

What's up with all these 2 point scorers that Cuonzo's recruiting? That Landry kid has about the same exact stat line. Cuonzo's doing a good job so far I think, but if he keeps throwing away scholarships like this, he won't be around for long.

DC82_Vol writes:

CCM probably never had this situation at MO State. Not sure if he realizes he has the resources to attract top talent. I am sure he didn't have too many 5 star players at MO State.

One thing for sure, somebody is leaving the program. Don't understand his recruiting style. Guess I will wait and see. We need a PG and a scorer.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to sly_stone99#434111:

He averaged 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 13 appearances last season. And we're recruiting him because???

Doesn't sound like they are giving him the full court press, but he is 6'11" and maybe there is potiential.

volfan2002 writes:

I thought he might be a defensive genius then I saw he had three blocks in a total of 36 games so I really don't get what he is gonna do for us. He can't score but he did beat up a guy in one game and got suspended. At least we have Thompson coming in he is gonna be a very good player for us.

movol53 writes:

Could it be that these players (possibly) leaving is a new situation for CCM as the players had not told him they were thinking about leaving? CCM may be just trying to find the best of what is left in order to have some back up players to spell the starters. Whatever the case maybe it does seem to be a so what strange situation going on behind the scenes.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

Darius Thompson is a impact player , can make things happen on that floor. We are lucky to get him . WELCOME YOUNG MAN

bUTch_please writes:

I'm gonna take the rest of the month off from even thinking about this s...

No mas.

JSmith525 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Seems like sound reasoning to me..I think Moore has shown too much promise to be urged to leave..may want to on his own..as for Reese..he seems to lack the speed to be a good defender..as for Ndiaye..makes no sense..if you can't beat that in JC..you got no chance in the SEC..

Remind me again what NCAA team is it that you are the HC of? I forgot, sorry! If you have givin that position up maybe "Head Coach" Martin could hire you as an assistant or advisor. I am sure you vast knowledge and experience, especially in recruiting and player evaluation, would be of great benifit to the program.

chipmurphy461 writes:

The only positive I'm seeing is the guy is 6'11... that's about it. Go ahead and draft Bruce's new contract! A buy out makes sense "risk vs reward" (Cuonzo = less tickets sold now and in the future, less apparel revenue from fans now and in the future, and less luxury boxes filled now and in the future)! Bruce = success, a GREAT BASKETBALL coach that loves UT, revenue (like it or not this isn't about who has the best moral character, because moral character doesn't always win games or put fans in seats), I'm willing to wager Bruce will not repeat his past mistakes. If you're a true fan you don't settle for mediocrity or sit idly by while your program starts to decline from a height it has never seen before.

cheetah-vol writes:

McRae just announced he's coming back for his senior year. Whadda about you, Mr. Stokes?

SouthTexasVol writes:

Lets recruit some white boys, because not all black boys can play basketball especially the ones tennessee is recruiting. And dump CCM hes just not cutting the mustard.Teams that somewhite boys start for Duke, Indiana,Butler,Gonzoga,Michigan ECT. I just want the best players no matter the color.

SouthTexasVol writes:

The best players and best coach.

tovolny writes:

We need a new offense, the 4-1 we now have will never beat a really good team. The one dribbling and the other four watching without moving just doesn't look like a Michigan or Louisville. I recorded the National Championship game after recording Tennessee's NIT fiasco. I watched a little of both last night...had to go to bathroom and throw up. Watching the lack of effort was a downer. On the the other hand, you can see potential. I am still looking forward to Maymon, Stokes, and McRae lighting it up next year. If stokes can somehow get in BB shape, and get rid of his pacifier he might be able to play "big boy" basketball.

BolivrBob writes:

Bruce still states he is a Vol for Life.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to flatrock:

Wow! A post that averages 2.5 ppg and the PG from Huntsville who averages 2.7 ppg ! Someone please explain...

Martin owes a LOT of favors to a lot of people, perhaps.

All over the Vol Nation, people are beginning to say Martin is in over his head. From almost Day 1, some who knew have been saying he was not up to the task of succeeding Pearl & company.

Martin is major league a typical Mike Hamilton hire.

I am tired of UT's being such a bad place in the eyes of the coaching community that we hire bush league coaches, who do not make NCAA tournaments, get to Bowl Games, apologize for baseball teams that can't win, or in news conferences announce they are bringing in the "Best Coaching Staff in America," then bring in small school coaching staffs, one of whom was so rude to a respected UT Vol alumnus coach, that the coach left his alma mater to work at a former opponent.

That's what you get when trustees hire presidents, chancellors and athletics directors from places that have been and are enemical to UT.

Bush league coaches. Bad administrators. Athletics Directors who have no clue how to get a top tier coach to come to UT, and are so close to retirement, with contracts that prevent them from being fired, that they don't care. Anybody who would have given a coach from the University of Cincinnati a no-cut contract for $18-MILLION DOLLARS if the guys breathes, is not fit to be on a UT payroll.

But, of course, all those great minds wanted to fire Fulmer. (Uh can you say $40-million dollars that move cost you, and we downgraded coaches. And we are on the hook for another 18Million+ for Jones & his assistants.)

Seems to me that since the ONLY reason UT is having the recruiting success now being enjoyed in football is because of getting UT legacy prospects, due to the lettermen's having realized the Athletics Department could tank if Football does not turn around this year...

so lettermen are calling on their fellow lettermen to send their kids to UT...

If the lettermen are doing that, then the Lettermen ought to be coaching UT. All have played better football and more than a few have coached at higher levels than all but one of Jones's staff including Jones.

And nobody is going to be able to convince me that Martin---who is a better coach in BB than Jones or his minions are in Football---is able to handle this position.

Remember...Martin recruits a strength and conditioning coach who reportedly poses half nude on a website...and hires him anyway; guy had worked at Purdue, where Martin had gone to school---before the guy was unemployed.

Sooooo...Martin pays him 6figures to put his shirt on and come to UT, where he sits courtside at games, wearing suits that glow in the dark.

You gotta be kidding me. The Athletics Department is a half-BILLION dollars per decade operation...and all we can hire is buffoons??????? (Except for women's basketball---which the Athletics Director disrespects.)

GoVols!

OwensboroVol writes:

in response to SouthTexasVol:

Lets recruit some white boys, because not all black boys can play basketball especially the ones tennessee is recruiting. And dump CCM hes just not cutting the mustard.Teams that somewhite boys start for Duke, Indiana,Butler,Gonzoga,Michigan ECT. I just want the best players no matter the color.

I thought we were beyond labeling anyone by their color. The only color I'm interested in is Orange!

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Martin owes a LOT of favors to a lot of people, perhaps.

All over the Vol Nation, people are beginning to say Martin is in over his head. From almost Day 1, some who knew have been saying he was not up to the task of succeeding Pearl & company.

Martin is major league a typical Mike Hamilton hire.

I am tired of UT's being such a bad place in the eyes of the coaching community that we hire bush league coaches, who do not make NCAA tournaments, get to Bowl Games, apologize for baseball teams that can't win, or in news conferences announce they are bringing in the "Best Coaching Staff in America," then bring in small school coaching staffs, one of whom was so rude to a respected UT Vol alumnus coach, that the coach left his alma mater to work at a former opponent.

That's what you get when trustees hire presidents, chancellors and athletics directors from places that have been and are enemical to UT.

Bush league coaches. Bad administrators. Athletics Directors who have no clue how to get a top tier coach to come to UT, and are so close to retirement, with contracts that prevent them from being fired, that they don't care. Anybody who would have given a coach from the University of Cincinnati a no-cut contract for $18-MILLION DOLLARS if the guys breathes, is not fit to be on a UT payroll.

But, of course, all those great minds wanted to fire Fulmer. (Uh can you say $40-million dollars that move cost you, and we downgraded coaches. And we are on the hook for another 18Million+ for Jones & his assistants.)

Seems to me that since the ONLY reason UT is having the recruiting success now being enjoyed in football is because of getting UT legacy prospects, due to the lettermen's having realized the Athletics Department could tank if Football does not turn around this year...

so lettermen are calling on their fellow lettermen to send their kids to UT...

If the lettermen are doing that, then the Lettermen ought to be coaching UT. All have played better football and more than a few have coached at higher levels than all but one of Jones's staff including Jones.

And nobody is going to be able to convince me that Martin---who is a better coach in BB than Jones or his minions are in Football---is able to handle this position.

Remember...Martin recruits a strength and conditioning coach who reportedly poses half nude on a website...and hires him anyway; guy had worked at Purdue, where Martin had gone to school---before the guy was unemployed.

Sooooo...Martin pays him 6figures to put his shirt on and come to UT, where he sits courtside at games, wearing suits that glow in the dark.

You gotta be kidding me. The Athletics Department is a half-BILLION dollars per decade operation...and all we can hire is buffoons??????? (Except for women's basketball---which the Athletics Director disrespects.)

GoVols!

Jalen Hurd is not a Vols legacy recruit.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to richvol:

Martin is doing some strange things in recruiting. Too many projects.

Martin does strange things while coaching also. Wade Huston all over again except without an all american son.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to smokeygrowl:

These are two defensive specialists, You see if they can hold the man they are guarding to 1 point per game we will be just fine with them.

Bull manure.

67classut writes:

I've seen enough of Martin's recruits for me to think he knows talent. I recollect the Huntsville guard was recruited by Georgetown. That tells me something. How many turnovers did UT have last year by our guards? Speaking of turnovers, Stokes and McRae probably had more than any. I'm confident in Martin and think it will work out. UT is in the fortunate position of having more good talent wanting to participate than their are scholarships. The atmosphere, discipline there is exceptional. Give this time and be patient.

pcorange writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Martin owes a LOT of favors to a lot of people, perhaps.

All over the Vol Nation, people are beginning to say Martin is in over his head. From almost Day 1, some who knew have been saying he was not up to the task of succeeding Pearl & company.

Martin is major league a typical Mike Hamilton hire.

I am tired of UT's being such a bad place in the eyes of the coaching community that we hire bush league coaches, who do not make NCAA tournaments, get to Bowl Games, apologize for baseball teams that can't win, or in news conferences announce they are bringing in the "Best Coaching Staff in America," then bring in small school coaching staffs, one of whom was so rude to a respected UT Vol alumnus coach, that the coach left his alma mater to work at a former opponent.

That's what you get when trustees hire presidents, chancellors and athletics directors from places that have been and are enemical to UT.

Bush league coaches. Bad administrators. Athletics Directors who have no clue how to get a top tier coach to come to UT, and are so close to retirement, with contracts that prevent them from being fired, that they don't care. Anybody who would have given a coach from the University of Cincinnati a no-cut contract for $18-MILLION DOLLARS if the guys breathes, is not fit to be on a UT payroll.

But, of course, all those great minds wanted to fire Fulmer. (Uh can you say $40-million dollars that move cost you, and we downgraded coaches. And we are on the hook for another 18Million+ for Jones & his assistants.)

Seems to me that since the ONLY reason UT is having the recruiting success now being enjoyed in football is because of getting UT legacy prospects, due to the lettermen's having realized the Athletics Department could tank if Football does not turn around this year...

so lettermen are calling on their fellow lettermen to send their kids to UT...

If the lettermen are doing that, then the Lettermen ought to be coaching UT. All have played better football and more than a few have coached at higher levels than all but one of Jones's staff including Jones.

And nobody is going to be able to convince me that Martin---who is a better coach in BB than Jones or his minions are in Football---is able to handle this position.

Remember...Martin recruits a strength and conditioning coach who reportedly poses half nude on a website...and hires him anyway; guy had worked at Purdue, where Martin had gone to school---before the guy was unemployed.

Sooooo...Martin pays him 6figures to put his shirt on and come to UT, where he sits courtside at games, wearing suits that glow in the dark.

You gotta be kidding me. The Athletics Department is a half-BILLION dollars per decade operation...and all we can hire is buffoons??????? (Except for women's basketball---which the Athletics Director disrespects.)

GoVols!

Butch Jones has yet to coach one down of football at UT against an opponent. What makes you think a big name coach would want to walk into UT after a three-peat of losing seasons and a fan base that wants to fire everybody including their national championship winning football coach? I wouldn't coach here either as ignorant and impatient as this fan base is. Coach Dooley was given time to show improvement, and should have been fired when he was. However, this fan base would have fired him after the first season. Coach Jones may be a major flop. Then again, he may get us back in contention. I don't know, and neither do you.

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