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John Fields committed to Tennessee Thursday night while on a visit to the campus, according to WBIR.com. He was in attendance for the school’s Rocky Top League championship game.
The 6-9, 225-pound Fields chose the Volunteers over Xavier, Rutgers, and Miami. As a graduate student in sports management, he will be immediately eligible to play this season.
During a TV interview, Fields cited “Coach [Bruce] Pearl and the winning tradition that he built here. And I want to be part of something special.”
Fields, a Fayetteville, N.C. native, spent two seasons at East Carolina before transferring to UNCW, where he averaged 10.2 points and a team-best 8.7 boards.
He sat out the the last four games with a knee injury.
“I just wanted to spend my last year winning, so that’s why I decided to get out [of UNCW],” Fields said.
Fields, who has one year of eligibility remaining, joins forwards Tobias Harris and Jordan McRae and guard Trae Golden in UT’s 2010 recruiting class. Harris is a Long Island native.
Rutgers had hoped to land Fields to add depth to a frontcourt that features only Jonathan Mitchell and Austin Johnson as big men.
(Video courtesy WBIR.com)
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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