Vols basketball recruiting heating up with weekend visitors

Tennessee basketball recruiting has been relatively quiet since Rick Barnes arrived on campus, but things are starting to pick up. The Vols will host several prospects this weekend and, with the spring Orange and White game on Saturday, it’s a great time for visitors.

  • Tennessee will host 2015 6’10” Kyle Alexander (Orangeville Prep) this weekend for official visit per his father, Sonny Bairos from Canadian Ballers and Hoops Hype Canada tweeted. Alexander has only played organized basketball for a two-and-a-half years, according to Adam Zagoria. He boasts a 7-foot-4 wingspan.

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  • Class of 2015 Charlotte, NC power forward Ebuka Izundu will visit Knoxville from Sunday through Tuesday, according to Ben Frederickson. Izundu, who was released from letter of intent from Charlotte, is 6-foot-10 and weighs 210 pounds. 247Sports lists him as a four-star prospect.  Last week he Izundu said he would decide between Tennessee, Cincinnati, Miami, Connecticut and Charlotte, but this week he’s getting interest from schools such as Kansas, Arkansas and Kentucky, according to his coach.
  • Class of 2015 power forward Ray Kasongo will visit Knoxville on Friday and Saturday, Ben Frederickson wrote. At 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, Kasongo is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports, who apparently fell off the radar. After bouncing between two high schools in Kentucky, he was dismissed from military school, and wound up at Phase I Academy in Phoenix. He committed to Oregon out of high school, but a transcript issue forced him to College of Southern Idaho. Brandon Bender, who has been an advisor to Kasongo for the last three years said, “If he winds up in the SEC, he’ll be most athletic guy in the conference right away. He’s a world-class athlete. He has a 42-inch vertical but he’s also a physical player and can go get rebounds, block shots and finish around the rim.”
  • Andrew Rowsey, a 5-foot-10 guard who is transferring from UNC Asheville, will visit Tennessee this weekend. Rowsey averaged 19.2 points last season as a sophomore, hitting 92.1% from the free throw line and averaging 3.3 3-pointers per game.
  • Former Vol Josh Bone’s little brother, Jordan Bone, who is a 2016 point guard prospect from Nashville, received an offer from Tennessee yesterday and one from Memphis today.