The Vols seemingly had a “secret” basketball recruit on campus yesterday.
Tennessee’s staff was reportedly trying to keep his visit quiet, but the player appears to be 6-6, 170-pound wing Yves Pons [player thread: ’17 France 6’6″ SF/SG Yves Pons] from France.
From Draft Express back in July.
Outlook: Highly productive lefty wing/forward from Haiti. Has the tools to play some small-ball power forward, especially if he grows another inch or so. Misses a lot of time with injuries the past two seasons, which put him somewhat off the radar prior to this event. Only played 17 minutes per game for reasons no one in Zaragoza could quite understand. Made the most of it, averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds with 1.3 blocks and .7 steals, while shooting 77% from 2-point range. Finished the tournament ranking 5th in PER. Will need to continue to improve his skill-level and basketball IQ, as he won’t be able to overwhelm opponents with his sheer strength and athleticism the way he often did in Spain.
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