The class of 2015 comes in first in our rankings. Sure, the class of 2016 could have easily been first, and fans want to make that argument that’s fine. I get it. After all, the SEC Player of the Year was in that class.
However, the class of 2015 is just as good. To led the way according to 247Sports, three-start product out of Bradenton, Flordia, Lamonte Turner was the top-rated recruit.
Turner could start for most SEC schools, but he comes off the bench at Tennessee and makes it work magically. Rick Barnes has repeatedly said it doesn’t matter who starts; it matters how finishes. More often than not, Turner is usually on the court at the end of games.
Last season, Turner shot almost 40 percent from the three-point line after just 32 percent in his first season. There were also a couple of games that if it weren’t for Turner and his big shots, the Vols would have lost the game. A perfect example was at South Carolina where he had 25 points on 6-for-9 shooting and a perfect 3-for-3 from the three-point line.
Admiral Schofield was also a part of the 2015 class. He was ranked way down at 251st in the nation. Oh, how Schofield has proved he is much better than that. The NBA didn’t work out for him this year, but many mock drafts have him in the top 60 for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Ray Kasongo and Shembari Phillips were a part of the class as well but no longer play for the Tennessee basketball program
Finally, to round out the class, Kyle Alexander was ranked 362nd in the nation. Alexander isn’t going to score 20 points a game. That just isn’t his game. What he will do is lock down the rim. He ended the season with 57 blocks.
If you read our post during basketball season, you’d know we made sure to keep up with his block count during a ten game stretch where is register at least one block per game.
This class so far has proved the most in the last four years and gets our number one ranking.