2023 New York forward Tobe Awaka signs for Tennessee


Tennessee basketball added a commitment from the New York forward Tobe Awaka.

Awaka, A 6-foot-8, 235-pound prospect from Bronx, NY in the class of 2023 has yet to be rated by 247Sports. He chose the Flights over offers from Maryland, St. John’s and Pitt, among other programs involved in his recruiting.

“Happy to announce that as a member of the class of 2023, I will be committing to the University of Tennessee,” Awaka wrote on Instagram Tuesday morning. “Go fly.”

Although he’s committed to Tennessee as a 2023 prospect, reclassification could be a possibility for Awaka, who plays for the same New York Lightning AAU program that produced the Tennessee point guard Zakai Zeigler. Awaka was New York’s Gatorade Player of the Year, averaging 19.2 points and 13.9 rebounds per game at Cardinal Hayes High School.

Zeigler reclassified last August, joining the Vols late in the process before becoming an SEC All-Freshman player.

Awaka would be the fourth member of Tennessee’s recruiting class in 2022, expected to be reclassified, joining the five-star wing Julian PhillipsKnoxville four-star point guard BJ Edwards and Indiana State Graduate Transfer Custodian Tyreke key.

He made an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend, alongside the three-star wing DJ Jefferson.

6-foot-5, 190-pound Jefferson, a native of Richardson, Texas, attends Minnesota Preparatory Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In Tulsa, he signed on as head coach Frank Haithwho resigned in March.

Jefferson is currently ranked No. 33 among small forwards in the 247Sports Composite and is Minnesota State‘s No. 7 player. He is ranked No. 131 overall, moving up 44 spots in the recent rankings update for the Class of 2022.

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The Flights would still have two open places to fill if Awaka was added to the 2022 class.

Tennessee sophomore guard Justin Powell entered the NCAA transfer portal on April 27, following portal entries by the freshman forward Brandon Huntley Hatfieldsenior guard Victor Baileyfreshman center Handje Tamba and freshman wing Quentin Diboundje.

Five Star Freshman Guard Kennedy Chandler entered the NBA draft and hired an agent. junior guard Santiago Vescovi and junior wing Josiah Jordan James should do the same will go through the NBA draft process.

Tennessee signed Edwards in November at Catholic high school. The 6-foot-3 Edwards is a four-star prospect ranked No. 80 overall in the 2022 recruiting class according to 247Sports ratings. He is ranked 15th among class leaders and third among Tennessee State prospects.

Key, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard from Celina, Tennessee, signed with the Vols in April. He played at Clay County High School forward 97 times in 114 games over four seasons at Indiana State, averaging 14.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.


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