Rick Barnes and the Tennessee Volunteers basketball program are really starting to enjoy their offseason Fridays.
One week after 2018 prospect D.J. Burns committed to Tennessee, the Vols received another pledge, this time for their 2019 recruiting class.
Drew Pember, a 6-foot-9, 190-pound power forward from Bearden High School just down the road in Knoxville, announced his commitment to Tennessee on Friday afternoon on his Twitter account.
COMMITTED ‼️🍊🖤🤟🏼 pic.twitter.com/oBPsll4zTu
— Drew Pember (@DrewPember7) June 8, 2018
“First of all, I want to Thank God for giving me the opportunity to play the sport that I love,” Pember wrote. “I want to thank my family, teammates, trainers, Coach Bobby, Coach Springer, Coach Placeres, Coach [Jeremy] Parrott, and all those who have helped me along the way. I’m grateful for the support you guys have given me throughout the years. I would also like to thank the Coaches that have been recruiting me along this journey. With that being said, I am extremely blessed and excited to announce that I will further my academic and basketball career at The University of Tennessee.”
Pember is a 3-star prospect and ranks as the sixth-best player in Tennessee and the 179th player overall in the 2019 class, per 247 Sports.
He committed to the Vols over a handful of smaller Division I schools, including Davidson, Florida Atlantic and Mercer.