Keep an eye on Josiah-Jordan James (6'6 CG out of Tennessee)
Last 16 games:
DRB% = 17.6
AST% = 24.9 (1.3 A/TO)
BLK% = 4.5
STL% = 2.2
3P% = 42.9% (44.5 3Pr)
USG% = 20
other key notes:
78% career FT shooter -- (solid)
shot 51.4% (39% asst'd.) at rim -- (poor)
only posted 22.7% FTr -- (poor)
18th ranked HS recruit in 2019 class (peaked at 11th in rankings)
James dealt with a nagging injury during the offseason that caused him to miss basically all of UT’s preseason practices, and that issue never really resolved itself throughout the season. Just when James was starting to play better and look like he was reaching his potential, he re-aggravated that hip/groin injury and missed a couple weeks to start the month of February.
According to long-time Knoxville reporter Jimmy Hyams, Barnes said that James has “transformed his body” this offseason after taking yoga to improve his flexibility. Barnes went on to say that the yoga sessions have been “life-changing” for James.
In James’ first four games after returning from injury, he averaged just 3.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks while making just 28.6 percent of his threes. But once he was able to finally get back in the groove, he looked closer to that five-star status fans were hoping to see. In Tennessee’s final three regular season games, James averaged 10.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and a block while making 41.7 percent of his three-pointers.