Heading into this past weekend, Rick Barnes worked his magic again on the recruiting trail and added a seventh member to the loaded 2021 Tennessee basketball recruiting class in Zakai Zeigler. He’s still working prospects hard for the future, though, and that goes all the way to 2023.
The Vols made the top four for elite wing Kaleb Glenn. A four-star on Rivals and 247Sports out of Male High School in Louisville, Ky., Glenn stands at 6’6″ and weighs in the range of 185 to 200 pounds. According to Joe Tipton of On3, he could reclassify as a 2022 prospect.
Joining Tennessee basketball on Glenn’s list of schools include the Indiana Hoosiers, Texas A&M Aggies and his hometown school, the Louisville Cardinals. He announced the schools Friday evening on Twitter.
Obviously, Rocky Top has great history luring talent from the state of Kentucky. They got Allan Houston, Chris Lofton and Scottie Hopson from there. Houston and Lofton both earned All-American honors, and Hopson led the program to its only Elite Eight appearance in school history.
This year, the Vols are generating a lot of hype because of their addition of Auburn Tigers guard Justin Powell, who is also from that state. If he could live up to those other guys, that would be a huge deal for them.
As a wing, Glenn would be a great pickup for Rocky Top going forward. Right now, four-star guard B.J. Edwards is their only commitment for 2022, so him reclassifying to that class would be huge. If he stayed in the 2023 class, though, that would still be helpful.
UT will clearly need help there after this year, as their main scoring combo guard, Victor Bailey Jr., is a senior. Meanwhile, Josiah-Jordan James could be an early departure for the NBA Draft if he has success this season. As a result, adding Glenn could address a huge future void.
Currently, getting Glenn out of Louisville seems like it will be tough. The Cards are the unanimous favorite on the Rivals Future Cast and earned the only 247Sports Crystal Ball projection for him with a medium confidence interval. They are the majority favorite on the Rivals Fan Future Cast. Still, it’s early, so don’t sleep on what Barnes and Tennessee basketball can do.