UT Vols add Willie Carmichael

UT Vols add Willie Carmichael

May 14th, 2014 by Patrick Brown in Sports - College


With seven new players, Tennessee's flipped roster looks very different. Here's how it tentatively stands:

Pos. -- Player -- Class

G -- Josh Richardson -- Sr.

G -- Robert Hubbs III -- So.

F -- Derek Reese -- Jr.

F -- Armani Moore -- Jr.

C -- Pops Ndiaye -- Sr.

F -- Jabari McGhee -- Fr.

G -- Kevin Punter -- Jr.

G -- Detrick Mostella -- Fr.

F -- Eric McKnight -- Sr.

G -- Devon Baulkman -- Jr.

G -- Ian Chiles -- Sr.

F -- Willie Carmichael -- Fr.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee officially announced the addition of forward Willie Carmichael on Tuesday morning, a little more than 12 hours after the former Southern Mississippi signee announced he would reunite with coach Donnie Tyndall, the Volunteers' new coach.

The 6-foot-7 forward out of Wekiva High School near Orlando in Florida was the player to sign with Tennessee on Tuesday after fellow former Southern Miss signee Devon Baulkman and IUPUI transfer Ian Chiles. Tyndall has added seven players since taking the Tennessee job on April 22.

When he signed him at Southern Miss in November, Tyndall said Carmichael reminded him "of a young Kenneth Faried, in that he plays extremely hard."

Carmichael is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.

"Willie Carmichael is my type of frontline guy," Tyndall said in Tennessee's release. "He's tough, athletic and hard-playing. As he gets stronger, he will have a greater and greater impact on our team - both defensively and as a rebounder."

The fifth player to sign with the Vols, Carmichael joins Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy forward Jabari McGhee, State Fair (Mo.) Community College guard Kevin Punter, Notre Dame (Mass.) Preparatory School guard Detrick Mostella and Baulkman, a guard out of Gulf Coast State College in Florida.

Chiles and former Florida Gulf Coast forward Eric McKnight will join the Vols as fifth-year graduate transfers, meaning they will be eligible to play their final seasons this upcoming winter.

The departure of four seniors, Jarnell Stokes' early entry into the NBA draft, Quinton Chievous's decision to graduate early and transfer and the releases of rising sophomores Darius Thompson and A.J. Davis left the Vols with five returning players.

Tyndall and his staff, though, quickly have flipped the roster and have one available scholarship for their first season with the program.