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Breaking down Tennessee roster ahead of Sweet 16 vs. Florida Atlantic

We go over the Vols’ roster and break down everything you need to know about the top players.

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The 2023 NCAA tournament keeps rolling along, with Sweet 16 action scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 23. The winner of these matchups will move one step closer to the ultimate goal of making it to the Final Four. If you reach this point in the season, you likely have some future NBA players or veteran players leading the charge.

The Tennessee Volunteers had to fight through a tough SEC schedule to make it here as a No.4 seed. They escaped by Louisiana only to beat a red-hot Duke Blue Devils squad. Their floor general, Zakai Zeigler went down before the tournament, so they’ve had other guys step up to help shoulder the load. Let’s see the guys who have helped Tennessee to reach this point.

Tennessee roster breakdown

Olivier Nkamhou

Nkamhou has had to step his game up over the past few games. He was huge against Duke, scoring 27 points and grabbing five board. He struggled against Louisiana, only scoring eight points. On the season, he’s averaging 11 points and five rebounds per game. He’s shooting 52 percent from the field and 34 percent from three.

He’s a senior, so this is it for him unless he wants to use an extra COVID year to come back and play more. As a long, athletic wing, if he can improve his three point shooting, he could be a possible late second round pick for a team or get a spot on a G- league roster spot.

Santiago Vescovi

You could make a case that he is the best player on the roster, but both guys are invaluable to the team’s success. Vescovi averages 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. His best asset is that he shoots it 37 percent from deep. He’s a senior as well, and could use a COVID year as well. If he doesn’t come back, look at him a possible training camp invite for a team or maybe a G-league spot.

Tennessee roster

Player # Class Pos Height Weight Hometown High School RSCI Top 100 Summary
Player # Class Pos Height Weight Hometown High School RSCI Top 100 Summary
Santiago Vescovi 25 SR G 6-3 188 Montevideo Uruguay NBA Global Academy 12.7 Pts 4.6 Reb 3.1 Ast
Olivier Nkamhoua 13 SR F 6-8 223 Helsinki Finland Bishop Walsh School 11.0 Pts 5.0 Reb 2.0 Ast
Zakai Zeigler 5 SO G 5-9 160 Long Island NY Our Saviour Lutheran School 10.7 Pts 2.7 Reb 5.4 Ast
Tyreke Key 4 SR G 6-3 205 Celina TN Clay County High School 8.3 Pts 2.6 Reb 1.4 Ast
Julian Phillips 2 FR F 6-8 198 Blythewood SC Blythewood (SC); Link Academy (MO) 14 (2022) 8.6 Pts 4.8 Reb 1.5 Ast
Josiah-Jordan James 30 SR G 6-6 207 Charleston SC Porter-Gaud School 20 (2019) 10.0 Pts 4.7 Reb 1.8 Ast
Jonas Aidoo 0 SO F 6-11 230 Durham NC Durham Voyager Academy (NC); Liberty Heights Athletic Institute (NC) 39 (2021) 4.9 Pts 4.8 Reb 0.9 Ast
Jahmai Mashack 15 SO G 6-4 192 Fontana CA Etiwanda HS 64 (2021) 4.7 Pts 2.3 Reb 1.5 Ast
Uros Plavsic 33 SR C 7-0 262 Ivanjica Serbia Hamilton Heights Christian Academy 4.8 Pts 3.4 Reb 0.7 Ast
Tobe Awaka 11 FR F 6-8 250 Hyde Park NY Cardinal Hayes (NY) 3.3 Pts 3.9 Reb 0.3 Ast
B.J. Edwards 1 FR G 6-3 188 Knoxville TN Knoxville Catholic (TN) 100 (2022) 1.2 Pts 0.6 Reb 0.4 Ast
Isaiah Sulack 31 SR G 6-5 170 Knoxville TN Christian Academy (TN) 1.0 Pts 0.3 Reb 0.3 Ast