The Tennessee Volunteers received good news as head Cuonzo Martin announced via Twitter that superstar Shooting Guard Jordan McRae will be returning to play with the Vols for the 2013-2014 season. McRae should be a preseason SEC All-American because he was one of the most prolific scorers in the SEC this season.
McRae averaged almost 16 points per game and lit it up from three point range all season long. His performance was what gave the Volunteers a chance at making the tournament last season. He helped lead them to victories against Elite Eight members, the Florida Gators, and Final Four members, the Wichita State Shockers.
His return will give Tennessee a huge boost on offense coming into next season; they struggled early in the season to score. The Vols have already proven that they are solid defenders, but losing McRae would have meant that they lost a lot of speed and length on defense that they might not be able to replace.
McRae made a smart decision staying at Tennessee for another season. He has all the talent and physical abilities that could be successful in the NBA, but another year would raise his draft stock and allow for him to acquire more skills. Head Coach Martin has played in the NBA and knows what it takes to succeed.
The Volunteers should come back the most experienced and talented team in the SEC. Tennessee will return McRae, Trae Golden and Josh Richardson. In addition to these players, the Volunteers also will have back Jeronne Maymon — a preseason All-SEC player who was redshirted due to an injury. NBA prospect Jarnell Stokes has not yet decided if he will stay in Knoxville. But if he does, expect Tennessee to be one of the best teams in the country next year.