Hopson a huge get

Tennessee basketball fans should be excited about the Vols signing Scotty Hopson of Hopkinsville, Ky.

He is listed as 6-foot-7. He can shoot the three, hit the mid-range shot, take it to the basket and score. he averaged 24.3 points and 11.3 rebounds. He is about the sixth high school All-American to sign with the Vols in the past 30 years, joining Vincent Yarbrough, Tony Harris, Charles Hathaway, Allan Houston and Dale Ellis. He joins Houston as the second McDonald's All-American from the state of Kentucky to sign with the Vols.

Hopson could team with 6-8 Renaldo Woolridge or 6-6 Cameron Tatum on the wings to replace two 6-2 wings – Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith. That should make UT a better zone defensive team and a better pressing team.

But alas, all good things must come to an end, and Hopson said he plans to be a one-and-done player. He said he would stay at UT three or four years if he doesn't project to be a high NBA draft pick, but he hopes he's good enough to turn pro after his freshman season.

If the incoming class is as good as advertised, Tennessee could be a legitimate contender for a first-ever Final Four appearance.

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