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Tennessee basketball should still be elite if Yves Pons leaves

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - MARCH 03: Yves Pons #35 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates during the 81-73 win against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on March 03, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

There is enough depth on Rick Barnes’ 2020-2021 Tennessee basketball Volunteers.

Over the past month, Tennessee basketball has been at a bit of a standstill, wondering what will happen with Yves Pons. The SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year is testing the waters of the NBA Draft, and he has ever reason to do that.

If Pons, a ridiculously athletic 6’6″ 215-pound forward, does indeed decide to leave for the pros, the Vols will lose a shot-blocking machine.