Junior guard Camron Justice decommits from Tennessee

Fans will get their first up-close look tonight at the newly remodeled Thompson-Boling Arena as the University of Tennessee plays an exhibition basketball game against California (Pa.).

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Fans will get their first up-close look tonight at the newly remodeled Thompson-Boling Arena as the University of Tennessee plays an exhibition basketball game against California (Pa.).

Camron Justice, a sharpshooting guard who had planned to join the Tennessee men's basketball team in 2015, has de-committed from the Vols.

Justice announced his decision on Twitter on Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 175- pound junior plays for Knott County Central in Hindman, Ky. A three-star prospect according to 247Sports, he committed to UT on October 19, 2013.

Butler, Clemson, UAB and Western Kentucky have also offered Justice scholarships, according to 247Sports. That offer list also includes Vanderbilt, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“I’ve been thinking about it," Justice told the Herald-Leader on Sunday. "It didn’t just happen overnight. I just don’t want to feel like I made the wrong choice when I get there. I just want to make sure I make the best decision for me.”

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Comments » 14

RockyTop1 writes:

Jumping ship??? Not good!!

RoadTrip writes:

Probably not sure Zo is going to survive. It's obvious there will be plenty of opportunities to play after this season with everybody that is leaving after this season.

moorevols55#1417579 writes:

He may see a problem. If this team can't be dominant with 3 seniors and 2 juniors starting the future isn't too bright. This team should be 18-3 at worst. Pretty bad season so far. Make the dance and it could be a different story. We'll see.

TNlogfire writes:

Porbably wants to go somewhere that he can play...no big loss here.

bogey74 writes:

Sources tell me that 4-star shooting guard will be committing soon after Vols make tourney this year.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Could be like a lot of high school shooters who are highly skilled offensive players who can't play a lick of defense. Maybe he's watched some of our games and doesn't want use his energy playing defense the way Martin wants his players to perform. I'm probably way off base but it is only my opinion.

fannotsheep writes:

I don't know one thing about this kid but he is a high school junior. No big surprise he isn't sure what he wants to do. He should not have committed so early anyway. By this time next year he could be a 4-star signee with UT or -- not. But by then we will at least know who the Tennessee coach will be.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to fannotsheep:

I don't know one thing about this kid but he is a high school junior. No big surprise he isn't sure what he wants to do. He should not have committed so early anyway. By this time next year he could be a 4-star signee with UT or -- not. But by then we will at least know who the Tennessee coach will be.

Exactly. The woods are full of skinny sharpshooters. Maybe the Vols can get somebody better or maybe he will change his mind again. He won't be able to enroll until the end of the school year, 2015, or play until the 2015-6 season. LOTS of things will be clearer for lots of people by then.

oldster writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Exactly. The woods are full of skinny sharpshooters. Maybe the Vols can get somebody better or maybe he will change his mind again. He won't be able to enroll until the end of the school year, 2015, or play until the 2015-6 season. LOTS of things will be clearer for lots of people by then.

Really? Why do the Vols not have one? Why has the shooting in college basketball fallen to an all time low? The reason is that while there may be a lot of shooters out there, they are not being recruited because college coaches are under evaluating the skill. They want long, athletic guys, even if their shots look like something a mason would be proud of.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to oldster:

Really? Why do the Vols not have one? Why has the shooting in college basketball fallen to an all time low? The reason is that while there may be a lot of shooters out there, they are not being recruited because college coaches are under evaluating the skill. They want long, athletic guys, even if their shots look like something a mason would be proud of.

Yeah, we've both been over this ground before. My only point is that there is no reason to panic because a 3-star junior shooting guard isn't solid on a committment he made months ago, a full year and a half before he could come here anyway. Besides, I would think their performance lately would suggest that maybe the Vols DO have some shooters after all when all the stars are properly aligned.

fannotsheep writes:

Again, I don't know this kid's skills or weaknesses. But I do know that some offensive weapons are defensive liabilities and that if a kid can move, play defense and shoot the lights out he is typically rated higher than three stars. Of course three stars ain't bad (I didn't make the varsity team in high school) and he may get even better. But a team that scores 90 and gives up 100 still loses.

oldster writes:

If a kid can shoot the ball really well, and is willing to work hard, a place should be made for him on a team just as a place will be found for a baseball player who can hit - and for similar reasons.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to oldster:

If a kid can shoot the ball really well, and is willing to work hard, a place should be made for him on a team just as a place will be found for a baseball player who can hit - and for similar reasons.

Once again, I pretty much agree with you on this. It is sound doctrine to put defense first in building a program, but a team ought to be able to play in a variety of ways. It is much more time-consuming to perfect skills than it is to acquire strength or speed. A kid who can shoot, for example, BEFORE he gets to college will likely be able to shoot well IN college, because he has already put in those endless hours for 10 years or more perfecting his shot. But a kid who comes to college without a decent shot will have less opportunity to perfect those skills on his own. Between classes, travel, S&C work, and team practice, individual practice is limited, so it REALLY behooves a coach to broaden his perspective about preferred body types and find room for guys who have skills that most college coaches can't actually teach in the time allowed. That is why Josh Richardson's improvement this year is so striking; he is an incomparably better shooter now than he was as a freshman, and you don't really see such improvement that often.

johnlg00 writes:

PS: Should have said, "you don't really see THAT MUCH improvement that soon OR that often."

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