KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — College basketball’s early signing period starts Wednesday, and Tennessee is expected to lockdown its lone commit for the 2017 class.
Delaware center Zach Kent, a 3-star prospect from Blair Academy (N.J.), is expected to officially sign his National Letter of Intent with Tennessee this week, a school official confirmed.
Kent committed to Tennessee a little more than one week ago, choosing the Volunteers over Northwestern and another dozen offers. Kent officially visited Tennessee on Oct. 15 before making his decision.
The 6-foot-10, 228-pound prospect is the nation’s No. 21 center, per 247Sports. The skilled big-man can really shoot, but Kent needs to get stronger and develop as a rebounder.
Meanwhile, Tennessee continues to pursue 3-star forward Isaiah Stokes.
The in-state product, and younger brother of former Vols star Jarnell Stokes, is ranked as the nation’s No. 153 prospect. A Memphis native, Stokes transferred to Florida’s IMG Academy for this senior season.
The 6-foot-9, 285-pound forward holds offers from Tennessee, Iowa State, TCU, Memphis and Florida, among others.
Stokes took an official visit to Knoxville on Sept. 17, watching Tennessee’s win over Ohio from the sidelines with hoops coach Rick Barnes. He has also taken trips to Iowa State, TCU and UF.
The week-long early signing period runs from Nov. 9-16.