First of all, I’m a big fan of Donnie Tyndall’s new nickname at Tennessee: “Donnie Knoxville.” That’s good stuff. I don’t like anything Tennessee but that one gets two thumbs up from KSR.
Secondly, Donnie Tyndall is doing his best to build a class after releasing Tennessee’s four signees when he took over. This time last week, he had zero committed players from the 2014 class. Now he has two in former Missouri commit Kevin Punter, who committed to UT this morning, and Jabari McGee, a forward from Montrezl Harrell’s old stomping grounds. The new additions move the Vols to No. 80 in 247Sports’ class rankings, up from dead last with no one on board one week ago.
And lastly, former Paul G. Blazer star Adam Howard joined Tyndall’s staff in Tennessee. The Ashland, Kentucky native and former Western Kentucky Hilltopper followed Tyndall from Morehead State to Southern Miss and now on to Knoxville. Tyndall said, “Adam has been with me for each of the last five years. He’s a young, ambitious, tireless worker. He reminds me of myself at that same stage in my career. He eats, sleeps and drinks basketball.”
Howard was a senior on the WKU team that reached the Sweet 16 in 2008 with help from Ty Rogers’ buzzer-beater. He was also on the Morehead bench as an assistant when the Eagles sent Louisville home in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He’ll work with Tennessee’s backcourt.
Donnie Knoxville, that’s great.