McRae to sign with Vols on Thursday

One Tennessee Basketball commitment won't waste anytime putting his name on the dotted line for the Vols. The early signing period for basketball and baseball begins today. Current Volunteer commitment Jordan McRae will sign his papers on Thursday. Go "Inside" to see what McRae had to say about his decision to be a Volunteer.

One Tennessee Basketball commitment won't waste anytime putting his name on the dotted line for the Vols.

The early signing period for basketball and baseball begins today. Current Volunteer commitment Jordan McRae will sign his papers on Thursday.

InsideTennessee caught up with McRae Tuesday night to get his thoughts of becoming a Vol and why he made his decision.

"I love Coach (Bruce) Pearl and I love the way they play the game," McRae said. "I love the way they run the ball, I love the fast break game."

At 6-foot-6 and 180-pounds, McRae feels that he has the physical talents to make a big impact at Rocky Top.

"I have a 7-foot-0 wing span," McRae laughed. "I can cover a lot of space."

His strengths include the ability to create and the ability to finish. He still needs to work on his ball handling and his defensive presence according to Scout.com experts.

McRae is a fine wing athlete who can get himself to the paint. He is shooting it better than he did as a youngster. He needs to become rock solid from the line. Sometimes could stand to slow down and let the game develop.

McRae was impressed during his visit to Knoxville.

"I love the great academic support they have for their athletes," McRae said. "I liked everything about Tennessee. I really loved the atmosphere there."

McRae is a shooting guard and is ranked as a four star prospect by Scout.com and is rated as the No. 6 shooting guard in the country.

What are Pearl and the Tennessee coaching staff telling McRae?

"They want me to get stronger," McRae said. "They want me to keep working on my ball handling abilities"

It appears that McRae is very happy with is decision.

"I'm very excited about being a Vol," McRae said. "It was definitely the best decision I have ever made."

McRae also had an offer from Xavier and a lot of interest from schools such as Auburn, Georgia and Florida.


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