Vol basketball coach Cuonzo Martin signed Q6 alumnus Derek Reese last November and may add Schulyer Rimmer this November. Both hail from Orlando, Fla. Reese attended Olympia High School; Rimmer will be a senior at Boone High this fall.
"Derek and Schulyer were our two inside guys last year," Q6 head coach Willie Anderson told InsideTennessee during a break in the recent KnoxVegas Heat Invitational tournament.
Rimmer admits that Reese's presence on the Vol roster weighs in Tennessee's favor.
"I played with him since I was in eighth grade," Rimmer said. "He's a pretty good friend of mine, and I have a really good time playing with him."
Whereas the 6-foot-7, 200-pound Reese likely will play small forward in college, the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Rimmer projects to be a center or power forward.
"I think he's going to be a pick-and-pop 4 (power forward)," Anderson said. "He definitely has the skill set to post up (as a center), so I'm not going to rule that out. I know he's going to have to get down there and post up some. But I don't want him to strictly focus on the perimeter because I think he has a really good feel for the game around the basket."
Rimmer averaged 17.1 points and 13.2 rebounds per game as a junior at Boone High last winter, shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 57.3 from the foul line. He also recorded 67 blocked shots, 30 steals, 29 deflections and 14 assists in 25 games. He attempted just three 3-point shots all season, making one.
The 6-foot-9 post prospect showed a nice stroke from the elbow area in the KnoxVegas tournament but also exhibited a nifty half hook that he can shoot with either hand. A fine passer for his size, he also rebounds and defends well — blocking five shots in a tourney game against the West Atlanta Warriors. That performance prompted this comment from Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow:
"Rimmer has gotten bigger and stronger in the past year and it showed with his ability to rebound much better than he has shown in the past. He has good hands and doesn't bring the ball down which is a good thing. Also he is more than capable of hitting the mid-range jumper. Not a great athlete, he gets it done with savvy and basketball IQ."
Rimmer went to the sidelines after Q6 built a 13-point second-half lead against West Atlanta. When the margin was trimmed to 60-52 just 64 seconds later, however, he returned to the floor and scored on a putback and a driving 5-footer within 30 seconds to restore order.
"The offensive set is there," Anderson said. "We've just got to get him a little more focused defensively, and I think that will really create a balance for him. That's what we're really stressing with Schulyer — taking more ownership on the defensive end."
An honors student, Schulyer has a 3.5 grade-point average that is attracting interest from such academic institutions as Stanford and Notre Dame. Tennessee, Miami, Central Florida and Georgia also are bidding for his services. The Vols have been recruiting him for three years.
"I actually went on a visit as a freshman when Bruce Pearl was the coach," Rimmer said. "I think it's a really nice campus, great facilities and a great community.... I definitely want to go by (for another tour)."
Pearl's successor, Cuonzo Martin, has made a very positive impression on the young prospect from Orlando.
"I've talked to him on the phone, and I'm really impressed with what he did with the team this year," Rimmer said. "He came in and there was a lot of chaos in the offseason, but he was able to focus the guys."