June 25, 2024

Jonas Aidoo has decided to continue his collegiate basketball career in the SEC, announcing on Monday that he will be joining the Arkansas Razorbacks next season under head coach John Calipari.

While Baylor was initially considered the frontrunner for Aidoo, Arkansas managed to sway him with a compelling visit over the weekend. Other schools, including Alabama, North Carolina, and Kentucky, were also in the mix for his recruitment.

Aidoo’s decision comes after a standout junior season at Tennessee, where he showcased his offensive prowess by averaging 11.4 points per game on an impressive 51.5 percent shooting from the field. Additionally, he contributed 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

His departure from Tennessee caught head coach Rick Barnes off guard, who admitted to being surprised by the news in a brief statement to the media.

Aidoo has also declared for the NBA Draft, with reports suggesting his desire to expand his shooting range. Despite shooting only 20 percent from beyond the arc last season on limited attempts, enhancing his long-range shooting could elevate his draft stock.

Creighton v Tennessee

Tennessee has filled the void left by Aidoo’s departure by recruiting Ohio State center Felix Okpara, who may not offer the same offensive skill set but brings a defensive presence to the team. Additionally, the Volunteers have secured commitments from two lengthy wings, 6-10 Igor Milicic and 6-8 Darlinstone Dubar.

With three roster spots still vacant, Tennessee is actively seeking to finalize its roster for the upcoming season.

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