Hoop Vols land Cameron

Tennessee basketball recruiting just got a much-needed kick-start.

Citing a ''great relationship'' with Buzz Peterson and assistant coach Chuck Benson, Joey Cameron has committed to play for the Vols. The 6-9, 240-pound power forward from Leeds, Ala., averaged 24 points and 15 rebounds as a junior last season. He is rated a top-100 national prospect heading into his senior season.

Cameron committed earlier to Clemson, then reneged. He also considered Memphis, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. He plays AAU ball for the Tennessee Travelers, and his teammates include Nashville's Jamont Gordon, a 6-5 shooting guard whom the Vols also prize.

The commitment of Cameron comes at a time when UT recruiting is in desperate need of some good news. The Vols lost the state's top two prospects last November -- Shawne Williams of Memphis to the University of Memphis and McDonald's All-American Corey Brewer of Portland to the University of Florida.

Although UT wound up with three signees -- 6-10 post Jackie Butler, 6-9 post Damian Harris and 6-3 guard Chris Lofton -- only Lofton projects to enroll this fall. Butler opted for the NBA Draft, while Harris is likely headed for prep school to boost his academic standing.

With Cameron is in the fold, Tennessee can focus its recruiting efforts on Gordon, 6-7 wing man Tyler Smith of Giles County, 6-2 shooting guard Jarvis Hill of Starkville, Miss., 6-4 shooting guard K.C. Rivers of Oak Hill Academy and 6-1 combo guard Josh Thornton of Dover, Delaware.

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