National Signing Day came and went and still Tennessee doesn’t have itself a pure point guard.
Although Kevin Punter may prove a quick fix, first-year coach Donnie Tyndall certainly wants to add a natural court general to the Big Orange roster. The void would lead some to believe it’d make signing a point that much simpler.
“Obviously, any point guard that looks at our roster knows they’re to have a chance to have the ball in their hands from Day 1,” Tyndall told InsideTennessee.
Not only is college basketball still guard-oriented but Tyndall says several programs are playing a pair of point guards at the same time.
The Tennessee staff is sure to address that concern in the 2016 signing class with targets such as Scout five-star Kobi Simmons, four-star Quentin Goodin and three-stars Braxton Beverly and Alani Moore.
The roster overhaul and the attempt to fit some square pegs into round holes will require Big Orange Country to be understanding.
“Well, I hope they’ll be very patient,” Tyndall said. “I’m going to embrace our fans; they’re probably going to be mad at me at times. That’s just the nature of what I do. But, they need to understand we’re the least experienced team in the SEC.”
Tyndall did say he has no plans to prove the publications right.
An effort is being made on Rocky Top to make the athletics department “One Tennessee.” Regardless of logos or mascots, Tyndall speaks glowingly of the other coaches on campus he’s steadily getting to know, including baseball coach Dave Serrano and women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick, calling them “outgoing, down-to-earth, friendly folks.”
Of course there’s fellow Great Lake State native Butch Jones. Tyndall says Jones has been “almost like a big brother” and points out that Jones understands what the hoops squad is going through with the transition. The pair speak weekly.
Hear more from Tyndall during a one-on-one interview with InsideTennessee by clicking play below:
Tyndall 1-on-1 with InsideTennessee