Tennessee received news of backcourt help Monday morning with a commitment from James Daniel.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder comes from Howard University and selected the Volunteers over DePaul, Michigan and Ohio State. He visited Knoxville last Tuesday and Wednesday to help him reach his decision.
Daniel graduated from Howard this May and will be eligible immediately after receiving a medical redshirt for the 2016-17 season. Daniel did not play in Howard's first 14 games due to ankle issues. He finally got on the court against Florida A&M on Jan. 4. He then played against Columbia three days later. However, those were his only contests as the ankle had a chipped bone that required surgery.
What Tennessee gets is a combo guard that has his place in Howard history as one of the top Bison scorers ever. In 90 games over four years, he averaged 21.5 points, 2.4 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals with 3.6 turnovers.
In 2015-16, averaging 27.1 points per game in 30 contests, which led the nation.
Lew Evans and Robert Hubbs III graduated from the Vols' roster. Detrick Mostella was removed from the team during the 2016-17 season. Guards Kwe Parker and Shembari Phillips (Georgia Tech) both elected to transfer out.
Daniel joins an incoming class that includes point guard Chris Darrington (6-1, 175) of Vincennes University as well as prep signees forward Zach Kent (6-9, 225) of Blair (N.J.) Academy, forward Yves Pons (6-6, 210) out of France and forward Derrick Walker (6-8, 250) of Sunrise Christian (Kan.) Academy.