Forward Willie Carmichael becomes Tennessee’s second Tuesday commitment

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Just hours after it was announced that former IUPUI guard Ian Chiles would use his final season of eligibility at Tennessee, head coach Donnie Tyndall received a commitment from a player who will have four years to play in Knoxville.

Tuesday night 6-foot-8 forward Willie Carmichael announced his decision to join the program, following the head coach he signed a National Letter of Intent to play for to when Tyndall was at Southern Miss. At Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla. this season, Carmichael averaged 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game on a team that finished with a 25-5 record.

For his efforts Carmichael was a second team Class 7A all-state selection by the Orlando Sentinel.

Adding front court depth was a key for Tennessee considering the departures of Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes, with the latter deciding to forego his final season of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft. And Tyndall has certainly improved the Volunteers’ numbers in that area, with Eric McKnight, Jabari McGhee and now Carmichael joining the program.

In total Tennessee has seven newcomers committed to joining the program this summer.

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.


Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.