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For the Tennessee Vols, Saturday's game with defending national champ UConn might be just as crucial on the recruiting front as on the court.

That's because the Big Orange will be entertaining two intriguing prospects from Ravenscroft High in Raleigh, N.C., the school where Louisville commitment Anton Gill is a junior standout.

Marcus Bryan is a 6-foot-8, 222-pound power forward who projects to be a quality recruit in the Class of 2013. Madison Jones is a 6-foot-1 point guard who is gaining momentum among prospects in the Class of 2012.

Tennessee currently has no scholarships available for 2012 recruits after signing D'montre Edwards and Derek Reese in November, then adding Jarnell Stokes earlier this month. If any scholarship player elects not to return for 2012-13, however, his scholarship could be available for an additional signee.

Kevin Billerman, head coach at Ravenscroft, said Tennessee is showing considerable interest in both prospects. Assistant coach Jon Harris has watched the duo play three times, including last Friday, and Vol head man Cuonzo Martin viewed them once.

Billerman described Bryan as "an excellent mid-range jump shooter" who is "on track to set school records in rebounding and blocked shots."

As a sophomore last season he averaged 11.5 rebounds per game, breaking the single-season school record held by 6-foot-11 Ryan Kelly, who is starting for the Duke Blue Devils as a junior this season.

Bryan is versatile offensively, capable of scoring on the block but also of facing the basket.

"He posts up some," Billerman said, "but we also allow him to face up quite a bit because of his mid-range jump shot."

Bryan is averaging 15.8 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game this season. His best performance to date, in the championship game of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational, saw him post 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks in leading Ravenscroft past Word of God Christian Academy (Yemi Makanjuola's alma mater) to claim the tourney title. Cuonzo Martin was in the stands that night.

Jones may be a more immediate priority for Tennessee recruiters, given the Vols' lack of depth at point guard behind sophomore starter Trae Golden.

Jones is averaging 16.6 points, 7.1 assists and 3.8 steals per game. He reportedly is the kind of point guard Martin prizes — a team player who distributes the ball and excels as an on-the-ball defender.

"In the Holiday Invitational he shut down a 6-8 point guard, Aaron Roundtree, that's going to Wake Forest, held him to 9 points," Billerman noted. "And he held Braxton Ogbueze, who's going to Florida, to 14 points on 6-for-21 shooting."

Roundtree is a 4-star prospect from Greenfield (N.C.) Wilson High who is rated American's No. 18 shooting guard prospect by Scout.com. Ogbueze, a 4-star recruit from United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, is rated the nation's No. 4 point guard prospect by Scout.com.

Billerman described Jones as "a true point guard," adding: "He's a defender, a set-up, push-the-ball, make-decisions, hit-open-shots guy. His best game was probably in the Holiday Invitational semifinals against United Faith ... 17 points and nine assists. His best attribute is the leadership role, both offensively and defensively."


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