Written by: Dallas Bowlin
On Thursday night, Paolo Banchero shocked the college basketball world when he announced his commitment to
Duke University. It’s never really a shock when Duke gets a big time prospect, but it was the situation around Banchero’s commitment that raised some eyebrows. The commitment came shortly after Jerry Meyer (a pretty big person in the recruiting world), placed a Crystal Ball for Banchero to commit to Tennessee. What happened for him to have that idea is unknown or what potentially made Banchero change his mind we may never know. But don’t fret Vol fans, the Vols have three other options for the post that are really, really good players and are also five stars.
For example, Jabari Smith, Jabari is the number one player in the state of Georgia and fourth ranked player in the nation. Smith is a face up post player though he is comfortable with his back to the basket, he's also comfortable with jump hooks and drop steps for example. He is best suited facing up and taking his man off the dribble but he's also smooth jumper up to the three point line and is improving as a passer.
Caleb Houstan, the number one player in the state of Florida and eighth in the country, at 6' 7", Houstan can play the three or the four, also like Smith, he can shoot from outside with a smooth jumper and is comfortable with the ball in his hands, not shying away from playing in traffic, he shows nice vision as a passer.
Charles Bediako, is the third ranked player in the state of Florida and 20th ranked player in the country. A very mobile player with a raw offensive skill set and has the length to one day, be a very good offensive player with some jump hooks or even fadeaway mid range to low post jum shots. Bediako has made great strides as a rebounder and rim protector. If he wanted to develop offensivel, there are not many coaches i’d rather have coaching me than Coach Rick Barnes… just saying.
So as you see, even though Banchero is a great player and a tough loss, the future is still bright, and the sky is not falling on Rocky Top.