KNOXVILLE (UTSports.com) -- Phillip Jurick and Renaldo Woolridge have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at the University of Tennessee beginning with the 2008-09 season, head coach Bruce Pearl announced Wednesday.
“One thing that I am really pleased about is that we are able to continue to bring in players that can help us compete in the Southeastern Conference,” said Pearl, who is 47-19 in his third season at Tennessee. “Both Renaldo and Phillip are prospects whose best basketball is down the road.”
Jurick, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center will give the Vols an added presence in the paint next season. Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he averaged 16 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks per game as a junior at East Ridge High School in Chattanooga last year. Also rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Jurick led the Pioneers to a 27-5 record last season.
“I believe Phillip is one of the most underrated players in the country because he has not gotten a lot of national visibility,” Pearl said. “He can become a dominant big man defensively. He has a tremendous ability to block shots and rebound in traffic. Phillip could be a factor on defense right away. As his offensive skills and conditioning improve, he could really become a force in the paint.”
A 6-foot-8, 205-pound wing, Woolridge is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com. As a junior at Harvard-Westlake High School in North Hollywood, Calif., he averaged 19.2 points and 7.9 rebounds while leading the Wolverines to a 22-6 record. Woolridge, who was a 6-1 guard as a freshman in high school, is the son of 13-year NBA veteran Orlando Woolridge.
“Renaldo has a tremendous upside and provides us with great flexibility,” Pearl said. “He can play shooting guard, small forward or power forward depending on how he continues to develop physically. His ability to shoot the ball from three with great range and his length as a defender on the perimeter will be a greater asset with the three-point line moving back next season. Additionally, Renaldo comes to us from one of the finest high school programs in the country. With his brother Zach playing at Princeton and given his obvious bloodlines, he could be a terrific role model as a student-athlete here at Tennessee.”
On The Lady Vols Side ... Check out the haul Coac Pat Summitt and company made off with Wednesday.
The Lady Vols signed six talented players including Webb Stand-Out and one of the nation's top Women's Basketball Prospects, Glory Johnson.
Johnson told your WVLT, Volunteer TV Sports Overtime Team who was at Johnson's Webb High School signing, "Who wouldn't want to play for that coach, If I'm gonna go somewhere and work hard it would be for Pat, she's a great person."
Also signing with the Lady Vols, 6' 2" Shekkina Stricklen, according to http://www.scout.com, she's listed as the number nine player in the nation. Your Sports Overtime Team has also learned Stricklen is the best girls high school propect to ever come out of the state of Arkansas.
The Lady Vols also signed: Briana Bass, Alyssia Brewer, Amber Gray, and Alicia Manning, they are among five of the top-20 players in the country according to the website http://www.scout.com.