The UT men’s basketball team received their first official spring signee on Wednesday when point guard Daniel West from Saginaw, Mich., faxed his paperwork to UT coach Bruce Pearl. West will enroll in classes in June.
“He has all of the qualities of a good point guard,” Pearl said in a press release. “He makes people better by distributing the basketball. He has the ability to score and he can make plays when the game is on the line. Defensively, his ability to anticipate and steal the ball should really help our press.”
West led his high school team to a No. 4 national ranking and a state championship this year. He averaged 15 points, 11 assists and six steals a game as a senior.
The Vols’ top signee of the 2008 class, Scotty Hopson, decided to delay his official signing day to Monday so he can sign on the same day as two of his classmates.
Hopson, a shooting guard, stands 6-5 and weighs 185 pounds. He averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds during his senior year, and is the first McDonald’s All-American to sign with the Vols since Vincent Yarbrough in 1997. Hopson was the ninth ranked recruit in his class according to Scouts.com.
The Vols had two players sign in the fall. Renaldo Woodridge, a 6-8 forward, averaged 19 points and eight rebounds a game his junior year. Woolridge comes to Knoxville from California, and is the son of a 13-year NBA veteran, Orlando Woolridge.
Philip Jurick, of Chattanooga, is the biggest player in this year’s signing class. The 6-10 center averaged 16 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots per game in his senior season at East Ridge High School.