Hardwood Vols lock up two signees on Wednesday

Buzz Peterson shored up his second recruiting class at the University of Tennessee. His newest class wasn't quite the size of his first, but he is very pleased with the talent that will be coming on board next season.

The newest Vols are guard Dane Bradshaw, from the Memphis area and center Major Wingate, from Buford, GA. Both signees had committed weeks ago, but it is always nice for the coach to have the papers in hand.

"We are excited that both Dane and Major have decided to join the Tennessee family," Peterson said. "The addition of these two players fill the needs that we have on the court. Both of these players are excellent young men. Dane is a great leader who has led his team to two state championships in three seasons and Major is one of the most highly recruited big men that we have signed at Tennessee."

Bradshaw, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard from White Station High School in Memphis, was one of 39 high school players selected to participate in the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo., last summer. There, he averaged 12 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in leading the South squad to the gold medal. Playing for head coach Terry Tippett at White Station, Bradshaw has led the Spartans to a pair of Class AAA state titles in his first three seasons in high school. As a junior, the honors student earned Associated Press and TSWA all-state honors while leading the Spartans to a No. 9 final national ranking.

Wingate, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound post player from North Gwinnett High School in Buford, Ga., is one of the highest rated big men to sign with the Vols since Charles Hathaway. An honors student who attended high school in Florence, S.C., before transferring to North Gwinnett for his senior season, he received an invitation to attend the prestigious ABCD Camp following his eighth grade year and is currently listed as the nation's 10th-best center prospect in the nation by Rivals.com. As a junior last year at Wilson High in Florence, S.C., he averaged 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. During Wingate's first couple of high school years, he was thought to have been one of the top prospects in the country when his senior season rolled around. Wingate, by his own admission, became somewhat burned out on basketball and his production dropped. After a transfer from Florence to North Gwinnett, his production has picked back up and Major could be a "diamond in the rough."

Both players have worlds of potential and will be counted on to be part of Peterson's rebuilding process over the next few years. If all pans out like it seems, Coach Peterson has locked down another great class of signees... both of 'em.

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