Tennessee is one of the top schools in the running to land EJ Anosike, a graduate transfer from Sacred Heart University, according to a statement he released from his Twitter account on Tuesday evening.
“I would like to genuinely thank Sacred Heart University, all of my coaches, teammates, and Pioneer Nation for all of the great experiences we have had together over the past three years.I would also like to acknowledge all of the great program and coaches that have taken their valuable time to speak with me about opportunities at their respective Universities, including UConn, Xavier and Iowa State. At this time, I have narrowed my commitment process down to the following 7 schools. I will make this decision with my family based on the relationships we have built. I am looking forward to making my decision and announcement later this week. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone in advance for the privacy and time I need with my family and faith for this next step. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity.”
Announcement coming soon 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/7ozuYSea7u
— Ej Anosike (@Rattyfam_EJ) March 24, 2020
The news of Anosike’s interest in the Vols comes as Jalen Johnson, a rising senior, announced his intent to transfer off of Tennessee’s roster for his final season of eligibility, creating one open scholarship that Tennessee could use for Anosike. However, the battle for Anosike’s services is far from over, as the Vols will have to compete with Gonzaga, Louisville, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Boston College, and Georgia for highly coveted graduate transfer.
Last season, Anosike averaged roughly 16 points and 12 rebounds per game, making him one of the Northeast Conference’s best players, ultimately leading to him earning an opportunity at a more prestigious basketball program.
Due to Anosike’s status as a graduate transfer, he will automatically be immediately eligible for the 2020-21 College Basketball season. He would provide an already talented Tennessee team with another big body inside the paint and could catapult Rick Barnes’ team even higher in the preseason College Basketball polls — they currently rank as the 14th best team in the nation according to ESPN’s Way Too Early Top-25.
EJ Anosike is the little brother of Nicky Anosike, who played for Tennessee’s women’s basketball program under head coach Pat Summitt from 2004-2008. She won two national titles during her time in Knoxville and left Tennessee with over 1,000 overall points to her name. This intriguing tie to Tennessee’s Athletic Program has led many to speculate that it will help the Vols in the battle to land Anosike.
According to 247Sports, Anosike will make a decision on Friday, but while Vol Fans are waiting for news regarding the 6’7’’ forward, we have included a highlight video below that shows some of the highlights from his impressive season at Sacred Heart University last year.