Darius Thompson, who originally committed to play at Vanderbilt, has committed his services to Tennessee, according to the Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro. The 3-star recruit will now play in Knoxville instead of Nashville. The point guard averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 assist per game in his senior season at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Thompson was also being courted by the likes of Auburn, Alabama, Middle Tennessee State, Butler and North Carolina State. Thompson will join ESPN 100 shooting guard Robert Hubbs, out of Dyer County High School. This will be the future backcourt of the Volunteers. Thompson will also join 3-star small forward A.J. Davis and 2-star point guard Travon Landry. Tennessee’s class is shaping up quite nicely, especially since they will have to compete with Kentucky‘s recruiting class every season.
With excellent size at 6’4″, Thompson is a handful for defenders. He has a an excellent skill set with a high basketball IQ. Thompson has the ability to find open teammates for easy buckets. Also, he is able to keep the defense honest by hitting open threes when the opportunity presents itself. Thompson has the versatility to play as a swing guard and will not miss a beat.
Tennessee has recently lost to Mercer in the first round of the NIT. Also, the Volunteers finished in the middle of the table of the SEC. This recruiting class will add to a team that will lose four seniors, including leading scorer Jordan McRae. With second leading scorer Jarnell Stokes returning for his junior year, the Volunteers will be a team to contend in the SEC next season.