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AP photo by Stephen Dunn / Connecticut's Josh Carlton blocks a shot by Sacred Heart's E.J. Anosike on Nov. 8, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. Anosike, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound forward who averaged a double-double in points (15.7) and rebounds (11.6) this past season, is joining the Tennessee Vols as a graduate transfer.

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee men's basketball program is adding forward E.J. Anosike as a graduate transfer, bringing an experienced player into the Volunteers' already highly ranked recruiting class for the 2020 cycle.

Tennessee announced Anosike's transfer Wednesday, an expected development previously reported on by the Times Free Press.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound forward from East Orange, New Jersey, is set to graduate in May from Sacred Heart, which is in Fairfield, Connecticut. He will enroll at Tennessee this summer.

Anosike ranked sixth nationally in rebounds with an average of 11.6 per game in 2019-20. He also led his team in scoring at 15.7 points per game and has 27 double-doubles in his collegiate career.

"Aside from being a great person from a great family, E.J. brings experience and toughness," Vols coach Rick Barnes said. "Anyone who averages a double-double for an entire season and displays the versatility he has is impressive. He also plays with tremendous competitive spirit, which is valuable for any team."

Anosike is the brother of former WNBA player Nicky Anosike, who won two national titles while with the Lady Vols from 2004 to 2008. He will wear her No. 55 at Tennessee.

Tennessee's 2020 signing class includes two five-star recruits — Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer — and is ranked fourth nationally by 247Sports.com.

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