Tennessee Adds Four Players in Two Days to Transform Roster
New Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall continued to transform his roster with the addition of four players on Monday and Tuesday.
Tyndall has now added seven players in the last week.
On Tuesday, the Vols added Devon Baulkman, a 6-foot-5 guard from Bainbridge, Ga.; Willie Carmichael, a 6-7 power forward from Apopka, Fla.; and Ian Chiles, a high-scoring 6-1 guard who is transferring from IUPUI.
On Monday, Eric McKnight, a 6-9 transfer from Florida Gulf Coast, committed to the Vols.
Both Chiles and McKnight will be eligible immediately.
Tyndall had already landed freshmen Jabari McGhee and Detrick Mostella and junior college transfer Kevin Punter.
Baulkman has spent the past two years at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. He plans to enroll at UT this summer and will be a junior next season with two years of eligibility remaining.
He had previously signed to play for Tyndall at Southern Miss but was granted a release after the coaching transition that brought Tyndall to Tennessee.
“Devon is another versatile, long, athletic guy that fits our system really well,” Tyndall said. “He can play all three perimeter positions, and that versatility will allow him to contribute immediately to our team.”
As a sophomore last season, Baulkman led GCSC to a 20-9 record while averaging 15.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game and earning All-Panhandle Conference honors for the second straight year.
Carmichael also committed to Southern Miss but was released. He then reportedly picked the Vols over Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast and Alabama.
Chiles, who averaged 15.8 points last season, also considered Auburn and Tennessee and had planned a visit to Maryland, according to ESPN.com.
“I chose Tennessee because of the opportunity to obtain my masters degree in a counseling program,” Chiles told ESPN.com.
McKnight averaged 6.7 points in two seasons at Florida Gulf Coast. He was reportedly booted from that team by head coach Joe Dooley for a violation of team rules.
He is eligible to play immediately at Tennessee as a fifth-year graduate student.
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