Yves Pons returns for senior season
The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year is returning to Rocky Top
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year is returning to Rocky Top. Yves Pons pulled his name out of the NBA Draft on Monday evening - the last day to do so.
Pons had been testing the NBA Draft waters for a few months but ultimately decided to return to Knoxville for his senior season.
Pons started in all 31 games and became the first Vol to ever be named SEC Defensive Player of the Year. The 6′6″ guard/forward combo finished the season with 73 blocks, which is tied for Tennessee’s single-season record (C.J. Black ‘97-‘98). Pons blocked at least one shot in all 31 regular-season games, recording three or more blocks 15 times.
Rick Barnes and staff put together an impressive haul of talent in the 2020 recruiting class. Four new Vols - including five-star guards Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson - join Pons and newly-eligible Victor Bailey and graduate transfer E.J. Anosike on the roster.
Tennessee’s 2020 recruiting class finished ranked fifth in the nation and second in the SEC behind Kentucky.
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