Last month, three Tennessee Vols basketball players announced their intentions to enter the 2022 NBA Draft.
Guards Kennedy Chandler, Santiago Vescovi, and Josiah-Jordan James each entered the draft.
Chandler is going to be a first-round pick. His time at Tennessee is over.
The expectation for Vescovi and James, however, has been that they’ll return to UT next season. Vescovi and James are likely going through the draft process just to get feedback, which is a good thing.
This week provided some news that makes it feel like a certainty that Vescovi and James will be back in Knoxville next season.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Vescovi and James both failed to receive invites to the NBA draft combine.
The NBA has announced its list of invites for the 2022 NBA Draft Combine. pic.twitter.com/AU2snFAukf— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 11, 2022
Chandler, as expected, received an invite to the combine.
As for Vescovi and James, I didn’t think either would leave Tennessee. But I did expect both to receive an invite to the combine. Both were key players for the Vols last season and they both have the potential to make an NBA roster and perform in an off-the-bench type role.
While it’s unfortunate for Vescovi and James that they don’t get to go experience the combine (which takes place next week, then the deadline to withdraw a player’s name from the draft is on June 1), it’s good news for Tennessee that both players will almost certainly return for another season on Rocky Top.
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