The Tennessee basketball team is coming off a year no one expected with a lot of help from Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield. Can they do it again?
Last season was one of the best in Tennessee basketball recent history. No, There will be no Final Four banner or even a deep run in the NCAA Tournament to remember. However, what a season it was.
Everyone knows about the preseason ranking. I don’t even need to mention it. What I will say is the Vols exceeded expectations like no one could have predicted.
And, I say this without taking anything away from the other players on the team. But, Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield took their games to another level last season, and it showed.
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It goes without saying that with another offseason coming that duo could easily be the best in the SEC and maybe in all of college hoops.
I know what you must be thinking, some fan writing about his favorite team. But, look at the numbers. Both Williams and Schofield had good years and should only get better.
Williams, the SEC Player of the Year, averaged 15.2 points per game while adding 6.0 rebounds. Another impressive part of his game last season was he only turned the ball over two times per game. He had the ball a lot as a post player and drew double teams for most of the season.
Schofield didn’t have quite the same year. However, he did turn it on late in the season. Enough so that he should be All-SEC First Team preseason but something tells me the new freshman at Kentucky will get some major love.
Schofield finished the season averaging 13.9 points per game which was up from 8.2 a season ago. He also added two more rebounds per game, almost one more assists while shooting a better percentage from the three-point line.
In the last nine games of the season, Schofield scored over 15 points seven times. Four of those games included 20 points or more.
I’m not sure how much more Williams can average per game but if we are being safe, 16 to 17 points a game isn’t untouchable. And, as for Schofield, 16 to 17 points per game isn’t absurd either.
Tennessee is already going to be ranked inside the top ten. And, with that type of production from Williams and Schofield, the sky is the limit. They would easily be considered the best duo in college hoops. And, would be competing against each other for SEC Player of the Year.