Vols Rebound from Cameron Carom

Joey Cameron's recent defection to Auburn is a sore spot with Tennessee fans to say nothing of the Vols basketball coaching staff, but it is having a positive impact with another prominent power forward who is taking a second look at Tennessee after — are you ready for this? — reportedly committing to Auburn on Wednesday.

Josh Dollard, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound fifth-year prep player, out of Prince Avenue Prep School in Pickens, S.C., is scheduled to visit Tennessee on Oct. 22 for the Alabama game. Dollard visited Auburn on Sept. 24 and took an official tour of the Virginia Tech campus on Oct. 1.

"Auburn is a school that I am very interested in and it looks like it would be a good place for me," Dollard told AUTigers.com. "Of all the colleges I have looked at, it looks to be the best opportunity."

Just when it appeared Dollard was ready to sign on with Jeff Lebo's Tigers, he decided to take a visit to Tennessee. Whether that decision was related to Cameron's change of heart is not known, but it stands to reason he wouldn't want to compete for playing time against a player in his own class who is higher rated.

Cameron, 6-foot-9, 240 pounds, is rated the nation's No. 14 power forward by Scout.com and is ranked No. 54 among in the top 100 prospect nationally. He averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds a game for Leeds High School in a season cut short by a knee injury. Cameron originally committed to Clemson last November before switching to Tennessee in late May. He finally settled on Auburn and plans to sign with the Tigers in November.

By comparison, Dollard isn't a top 15 player at his position and he doesn't have Cameron's size or strength, but he does have more diversity and a better outside game than Cameron.

"This kid is a stud," Prince Ave. Prep head coach Mark Knight told Scout.com's Mark Murphy. "He has the wingspan of someone who is 7-1. He is an excellent outside shooter who handles the ball well and is a natural three (small forward). With his reach and athletic ability, he is a very strong defensive player. He will start immediately as a freshman in college."

Dollard, who plays defensive end and linebacker for Prince Avenue Prep, averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds per game last season. He is, reportedly, on track to qualified academically.

In addition to Dollard, the Vols are believed to still be involved with shooting guard Billy Humphrey, 6-3, 180, of Dacula High School in Dacula, Ga. That development happens in light of Jarvis Hill's apparent switch to Auburn from UT. Ironically, Auburn is one of the teams Humphrey is most interested in along with Tennessee, South Carolina and Tulane. He has offers from all of those schools.

A pure shooter with excellent range, Humphrey is a superior perimeter player but he's not the slasher or on-ball defender Hill is considered to be.


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