It appears that the Tennessee men’s basketball team has found a replacement for Chris Lofton next season.
Shooting guard Scotty Hopson, the nation’s No. 9 high school player according to Rivals.com, told UT coaches on Tuesday that he’ll play for the Vols next season, according to Volquest.com.
The Parade and McDonald’s All-American originally committed to play at Mississippi State, but reopened his decision last fall. Hopson was also considering Louisville, Cincinnati and Kentucky along with Tennessee.
Hopson is the highest rated recruit to sign with UT in coach Bruce Pearl’s tenure. The 6-6 shooting guard is the first McDonald’s All-American to sign with Tennessee since Vincent Yarbrough in 1997.
The Vols already have commitments from three other players to come to Knoxville next season. Renaldo Woolridge, a 6-8 forward from North Hollywood, Calif., Phillip Jurick, a 6-10 forward, and Daniel West, a 6-1 point guard.