Thanks, but no thanks

A four-star basketball prospect won't be visiting the University of Tennessee this month, after all.

Montay Brandon, a lanky wing from High Point, N.C., originally was supposed to visit The Hill this fall. Although he committed to Florida State on a visit to Tallahassee last weekend, he was quoted saying he still planned to make his other visits. Tennessee apparently will not be one of those visits, however.

Keith Gatlin, Brandon's coach at Wesleyan Christian Academy, told InsideTennessee.com by phone on Wednesday that he does not expect his star player to tour the UT campus. He based this revelation on a conversation with first-year Vol head man Cuonzo Martin.

"I talked to your head coach, who I like a lot — I think he'll do great things down there," Gatlin said. "He said Montay told him he had committed to Florida State during his visit down there. Your coach said he wished him well."

Should Brandon change his mind — and prospects often do — Tennessee may yet get a visit from one of The South's most versatile recruits. He is ranked the No. 17 small forward prospect in America by Scout.com. In addition to Florida State and Tennessee, he has been heavily pursued by Missouri, Georgia Tech, Miami, West Virginia and South Carolina.

Gatlin described his star player as "a great young man, a smart young man, a really nice kid.

"He's very, very versatile," the coach added. "He can play the 1 (point), the 2 (shooting guard) and the 3 (small forward). He's 6-7, 195 pounds and long. He can defend. He's just a real good kid who takes coaching well."

Gatlin said Brandon's greatest attribute is "his versatility. He can do a little bit of everything."

The coach estimated that Brandon made "42 or 43 percent" of his shots last season but added that he "didn't shoot a lot of 3s."

The prospect's best game last season, Gatlin added, saw him score "23 or 24 points against Christ School of Asheville."

Tennessee has one player committed thus far for its 2012 signing class. That is Derek Reese a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Olympia High in Orlando, Fla.


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