Tennessee Volunteers Men’s Basketball Team of the Last Decade

Tennessee Volunteers Men’s Basketball Team of the Last Decade
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Another edition of March Madness is in the books, and the Connecticut Huskies are again champions of college basketball for the sixth time in their storied history.

Historians and fans of the game will look back at the last 10 years and pontificate where this team stands in Huskies lore — Tennessee sports betting sites already have UConn penciled in as the favorite at +1000 odds for a third-straight title next year.

After the Tennessee Volunteers made their second Elite Eight appearance in this year’s tournament, we here at BetTennessee.com decided to take a look at the recent history of the program.

Utilizing Sports-Reference.com, BetTennessee.com picked the Tennessee men’s basketball team of the past decade (2014-15 to 2023-24). The players included had to have played for the Volunteers during this  period, and the team is based on a combination of Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and Win Shares (WS) during those years with the team. Here is the starting five:

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Tennessee Men’s Basketball Team of Last Decade: 2014-2024

PositionPlayerYears With Team During DecadeCombined PER & WS
GuardSantiago Vescovi2019-202432.8
GuardJosiah Jordan-James2019-202430.7
GuardAdmiral Schofield2015-201931.0
ForwardGrant Williams2016-201941.4
ForwardJohn Fulkerson2016-202232.8

Tennessee betting apps list Kansas and Duke as the two closest contenders to UConn’s chase for a third straight title at +1100 odds.

Current Vols Make List

A five-year player for the Volunteers, guard Santiago Vescovi (2019-2024) garnered a score of 32.8. Vescovi played in 144 of 149 games in Knoxville, averaging 10.3 points and four rebounds per game in his collegiate career.

Backcourt teammate Josiah Jordan-James (2019-2024) netted a score of 30.7. This season, Jordan-James played in all 36 games, averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The duo of Vescovi and Jordan-James certainly will be missed by coach Rick Barnes in 2024-25.

Guard Admiral Schofield (2015-2019) posted a score of 31.0. Now an Orlando Magic small forward, Schofield averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior for the Volunteers. He was named first team All-SEC and helped lead Tennessee to a 31-6 record and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Ironically, just like Vescovi and Jordan-James, Schofield’s collegiate career came to an end with a loss to Purdue.

Forward Grant Williams (2016-2019) topped all players on the last Decade team with a score of 41.4. In 104 games played at Tennessee, Williams averaged 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game before being selected as the No. 22 overall selection by the Boston Celtics in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Forward John Fulkerson (2016-2022) completes the Tennessee starting five with 32.8. A six-year player for the Vols, Fulkerson averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his collegiate career that spanned 166 game appearances.

Despite the departures, betting sites are high on Tennessee next season. BetMGM Tennessee lists the Vols at +2500 to win the national title, tied for 10th in the country.

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Lou Monaco is a reporter for BetTennessee.com. Lou had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.