It didn’t have the pomp and circumstance or the hubris of LeBron James’ infamous televised decision in 2010.But with one simple tweet late Sunday night, Tennessee three-star signee Admiral Schofield sent Vol nation into an enthusiastic frenzy after choosing to honor his commitment to the school. The Zion-Benton Township (Ill.) High School senior’s decision to stick with Tennessee provided new coach Rick Barnes with his first major victory of the 2015 season. “The past 24 hours have been welcoming and heartwarming to see all the support I’ve got from the fans,” Schofield told InsideTennessee. “I think that Vol nation was always very supportive, but last night really showed it. It’s been an amazing 24 hours on my decision.” The 6-5, 210-pound forward took some time to think things over when Donnie Tyndall was terminated in March amidst an NCAA investigation into his time at Southern Miss. But after speaking with Barnes personally and learning the new Tennessee coach’s personality, he knew he was going to stay loyal to the Vols. “It’s going to be a good partnership, good friendship, good relationship down at Tennessee. It’s just a good fit for (Barnes),” Schofield said. “That was my biggest thing, is what type of person he was. It was hard to see Donnie Tyndall go, but I know that it’s a business. I had to accept that part.” Schofield came to terms with Tyndall’s departure and moved on to his new head coach, whose 22 NCAA Tournament bids, three Elite Eight appearances and long list of NBA products were enough to impress the senior, who already knew who Barnes was before he took the Tennessee job. “Anyone who’s been successful in what he does is a coach that I want to play for. He’s always talking about (how) he’s put a lot guys in the NBA and that’s my goal,” Schofield said. “He’s on board with that. He’s going to help me succeed and I’m going to help him succeed.”
Schofield sticks with Tennessee
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