Based on what we’re seeing early from Tennessee basketball this year, the Vols are about to have a huge need at shooting guard next year. Tyreke Key, a transfer from the Indiana State Sycamores, has emerged as a leading scorer at combo guard. Santiago Vescovi and Josiah-Jordan James are two veterans on the wing.
All will likely be gone next year. However, Rick Barnes has wasted no time beginning the process of trying to offset them, and in doing so, he added another commitment from Link Academy in Missouri. That’s where he landed five-star Julian Phillips from this past year’s class.
Cameron Carr, a shooting guard out of the program who stands between 6’4″ and 6’5″ and weighs 160 pounds, became Tennessee basketball’s fourth commitment for 2023. He announced his decision to join the Vols Tuesday afternoon on Twitter.
This commitment follows the commitment of Freddie Dilione, another shooting guard who committed to the Vols back in August. While Dilione is a four-star across the board, Carr is a three-star on Rivals, the On3 Consensus and 247Sports Composite but a four-star on On3 and 247Sports specifically.
Both clearly bring a healthy level of skill to the position, though, and there is power in numbers when offsetting Vescovi, James and Key. Barnes needs all the help he can get, and a guy like Carr goes a long way towards making sure that happens.
More importantly, Carr may be much better tan his rating. According to Eric Bossi of 247Sports, he has come on strong a lot more recently after finally getting healthy and spent a couple years playing banged up, which really held him back.
Carr appears to be great at driving to the basket and pulling up, and he’s got solid handles, so he could play the point guard role if needed. As a result, he’d likely offset Key as a combo guard. With Cade Phillips and J.P. Estrella also committed for 2023, Tennessee basketball now has another loaded class. Barnes is going nowhere.