J.T. Miller, a senior guard at Clinton (N.C.) High School, got caught up in the action as the Big Orange trimmed an eight-point deficit to two with a chance to tie the score in the final seconds.
"The ball game was great," he said of the Vols' 61-56 setback. "It went right down to the wire, and I thought they were going to pull it out."
Although he did not commit, Miller said he enjoyed every facet of his visit to Knoxville.
"It went great," he said. "The coaches stood out the most, their hospitality. I also liked the arena and the players."
"I met Tobias Harris, the 19th overall pick in the NBA Draft," Miller said.
The talented young prospect described Vol head coach Cuonzo Martin as "a great guy ... and all of the assistant coaches, too."
A 6-3 combo guard, Miller scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Clinton's Thursday night opener, then came back with 20 points and 9 rebounds in Game 2 on Friday night.
His stock appears to be rising on the recruiting circuit.
"Right now I'm just keeping my options open," he said. "We're getting a lot of looks from high majors now, like Virginia Tech. I probably won't decide on a college until the middle of the season."
Miller plays for first-year Clinton coach Levi Beckwith, whose products at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh included John Wall, a consensus All-America point guard as a freshman at Kentucky who was the first player picked in the 2010 NBA Draft after just one season of college ball.
Miller has played mostly shooting guard in his career but is learning to play the point, as well.
"I'm a combo guard, real athletic," he said. "I can shoot from the perimeter and get to the hole equally well."