Tennessee fans can rest easy. For anyone who has questioned whether or not star forwards Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams would be departing early for the NBA, the speculation should now be put to rest for now.
Following the heartbreaking 63-62 loss to Loyola-Chicago on Saturday evening, the duo was asked about any future plans they may have regarding the NBA.
“I really feel certain I want to come back” Schofield said, according to the Knox News. “I love my family. These guys are my brothers. I haven’t thought one bit about the NBA other than that’s my dream and my goal. I haven’t thought about leaving or anything like that.”
That’s excellent news for Vols fans. Schofield has been a big part of Tennessee’s success this season — averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Since the beginning of March, the second-team all conference selection had averaged 17.2 points and 7.2 rebounds.
The even bigger news is Grant Williams, however. Here’s what he had to say following the game, according to the same report from Knox News:
“I’m focused on my guys. None of that really crossed my mind. I’m really just focused on getting back here next year.”
If there was one player that Tennessee couldn’t afford to lose, it was Williams. The 6-7, 241-pound forward is the reigning SEC Player of the Year after averaging 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
Having him back will be crucial to Tennessee’s chances of making another run next season. With the return of Schofield and Williams, the Vols should only be losing one player from this year’s squad — James Daniel III (5.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game).
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