Tennessee’s slew of hoops newbies

As we have referenced on previous occasions, Donnie Tyndall has been wheeling and dealing since the former Morehead State coach moved up the ladder from Southern Miss to Tennessee.

Inheriting a ravaged roster in Knoxville, Tyndall has worked overtime bringing players into the Big Orange fold. So let’s pause and take a look at what Tyndall has come up with.

Devon Baulkman

  • 6-5 guard from Bainbridge, Ga.
  • Spent last two years at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla.
  • Averaged 15.5 points and 4.9 rebounds last season at Gulf Coast
  • Will enroll as a junior with two years remaining
  • Previously signed with Southern Miss when Tyndall was coach there
  • Granted release by Southern Miss after Tyndall left for Tennessee

Willie Carmichael

  •  6-7 power forward from Apopka, Fla.
  • Signed with Southern Miss when Tyndall was coach but was released
  • Picked Tennessee over Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast and Alabama
  • Averaged 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds at Wekiva High School

Ian Chiles

  • 6-1 grad transfer from IUPUI
  • Averaged 15.8 points a game last season
  • Considered Auburn and Maryland before picking Tennessee
  • To study for a master’s degree in counseling at UT

Eric McKnight

  • 6-9 transfer from Florida Gulf Coast
  • Averaged 6.7 points at FGCU
  • Was reportedly kicked off team for violation of rules
  • Is a fifth-year grad student who is eligible right away

Jabari McGhee

  • 6-7 forward from Albany, Ga.
  • Played at Hargrave Military Academy last year
  • Picked UT over Auburn, Georgia, FGCU and Western Kentucky
  • Originally committed to Auburn for Tony Barbee

Detrick Mostella

  • 6-3 freshman guad from Decatur, Ala.
  • Rated No. 43 overall prospect in class of 2013 by 24/7Sports
  • Signed with Oklahoma State in 2012
  • Transferred to La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind.
  • Released from his Oklahoma State letter
  • Played last season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.

Kevin Punter

  • 6-4 sophomore guard from New York
  • Previously committed to Missouri
  • Reopened recruitment after Frank Haith left for Tulsa
  • Played at State Fair Community College
  • Averaged 20.3 points and 4.6 rebounds last season
  • Picked Tennessee over Missouri and SMU

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