According to sources Tennessee picked up a verbal commitment from international prospect Yves Pons today. He picked the Vols over Texas Tech and Florida after officially visiting all three schools in December.
Pons is an explosive 6-foot-6 athlete who attends INSEP Academy in France. Originally from Hati, Pons has spent all of his high school years in France.
Tennessee’s primary recruiter in the pursuit of Pons has been assistant coach Michael Schwartz, who is in his first year on Rick Barnes’ staff.
Pons will join a 2017 recruiting class that currently includes signee Zach Kent (6-foot-11, 215 pounds) and Derrick Walker (6-foot-8, 255 pounds).
That’s a good deal of size being added to roster that needs it.
Pons is described as a raw athlete with tremendous upside. His athleticism jumps off the screen in his videos where he also shows himself to be a fearsome weak side help defender as well as a player with the potential to develop a solid perimeter jump shot.
How quickly Pons adjusts to the college game will determine what kind of an impact he’s able to make in his first year in the SEC, but he has international experience playing against high-caliber competition.
With the addition of Pons the Vols are now in the Class of 2017 and barring some roster movement in the offseason are also out of scholarships for the 2018 class as well.