KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee officially signed 3-star center Zach Kent on Wednesday, as the program announced it received the Blair Academy (N.J.) product’s National Letter of Intent on the first day of college basketball’s early signing period.
Kent is a skilled 6-foot-10, 228-pound frontcourt player, with the versatility to slide between forward and center. The Delaware native has a jumper with solid range, giving coach Rick Barnes’ team another guy to stretch the floor.
“Zach obviously adds some needed size and length to our frontcourt, but he’ll also elevate our overall skill level with his ability to pass and shoot the ball, as well as his high basketball IQ,” Barnes said.
“He’s got a solid inside game and is developing the ability to score with his back to the basket. He’s a tough, competitive kid.”
Kent will enroll at Tennessee next summer, giving him plenty of time to get stronger and improve his defensive and rebounding fundamentals.
As a junior, Kent averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds on 58 percent shooting, including hitting 40 percent from behind-the-arc.
“This was definitely a situation where I felt like choosing Tennessee would allow me to achieve my goals,” Kent said in a school release.
“I want to be a pro, and Tennessee has a great staff and a great environment for me to do that. It’s a really good school. The guys on the team have all bought into coach Barnes and what he teaches. It’s an environment I really feel comfortable with.”
The early signing period runs from Nov. 9-16 and Tennessee could possibly add one more forward to the mix.