Tennessee just added another Bone to its basketball body.
Jordan Bone, brother of former Vol guard Josh Bone, officially committed to Tennessee Sunday night. The Scout three-star prospect made his decision off the heels of an official visit to Knoxville over the weekend, where he was ushered around an electric campus atmosphere during the Vols’ non-conference clash with No. 19 Oklahoma.https://twitter.com/JordanBone23/status/643202325780275201
“The visit was absolutely amazing,” Bone told InsideTennessee. “The amount of love the fans actually showed us, the recruits, there was a big handful of football players and so many people showed us love, telling us to come to UT. It was a really great feeling, honestly. The fan base is amazing.”
Bone’s older brother transferred to Tennessee after a one-year stint at Southern Illinois, averaging 2.6 points per game and 1.6 rebounds for the Vols from 2009-2011. But despite his brother’s ties to Rocky Top, the younger Bone said this decision was made without his sibling’s influence.
“Of course he wanted me to go there, but all said and done, it was my decision,” Bone said. “This is where I wanted to go. It wasn’t based off of him. This is where I wanted to go and this is where I believe the best place is for me and my future, honestly.”
A tag-team coaching effort, led by assistant head coach Rob Lanier, helped land the class of 2016 Nasvhille native and Ensworth School star. Both Lanier, fellow assistant coach Desmond Oliver and head coach Rick Barnes stayed in contact with their newest commit, which helped spark a genuine bond that brought Bone to choose Tennessee over Ole Miss, Memphis, Iowa State, and a host of other schools.
“Honestly, coach Barnes, he’s a very genuine guy. I really trust him,” Bone said. “I really feel like he is going to push me to be the best that I can be. I trust him with my future. My family trusts him with my future. He has the resume. It’s just seems too right. It just seems too right to turn down.”
A great distributor who scores points in bulk, Bone is no stranger to Tennessee, having made the trip to Knoxville on more than one occasion when his brother was at the school. But he still enjoyed the pomp of an official visit and the changes in scenery popping up across the campus.
“When my brother was there, I went very often, but that was years ago,” Bone said. “He told me, since coming back on campus recently, so many things have changed. The whole campus is just really rebuilding and they’re trying to make things better.”
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard was drawn to the Vols by a mixture of the team's current lack of a true point guard, educational opportunities and relationship with the coaching staff.
“First of all, it was just the education aspect. I wanted to see if they had my major, psychology and/or business, so I looked into that,” he told IT. “Secondly, of course, the coaching staff. The bond I formed with UT was honestly like no other. I had a great bond with the other coaches that offered me. The bond at UT, I feel like that’s my family.”
Above all, Bone said he was drawn to Tennessee through a higher power.
“It just seemed too right. Honestly, I prayed about it,” Bone said. “God gave me so many signs. It just seems too right, so I feel like this is the best place for me … It was just laid out too perfectly for me. I feel like this was God’s plan, and I’m just going to do my part by working hard.”