The recruitment of Zion-Benton’s Admiral Schofield started slow but finished with a bang –– and quickly.
The 6-5 senior forward took an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend and committed to first-year coach Donnie Tyndall. This was Schofield’s first official visit, but there was no need for any others.
“It felt like home to me,” says Schofield. “Coach Tyndall and I hit it off. He’s a very straight-forward guy and he has a plan for me, and that’s to get me to reach the highest level and the best of my abilities. I believe in him. He says he wants to win championships, national championships. And that’s what I want and what I’m about, doing all I can to win.”
Prior to heading to Knoxville for his visit, Schofield had a feeling he would be a Volunteer. Through his own research and with the connection and relationship he developed with Tyndall in many phone conversations, Schofield believed the visit was the final push he would need to commit. The visit was all that he expected.
“I fit right in here with these guys,” says Schofield of the current Tennessee roster. “It was amazing, really. I built a relationship with the guys here so quickly. I love the academic support they have and that they are going to hold us accountable academically.”
Schofield is also excited to be a part of what he says is “an incredible fan base,” one that he can’t wait to play in front of for four years.
“Their fan base is incredible, and it kind of reminds me of Seattle’s [Seahawks] 12th man,” says Schofield, whose brother, O’Brien Schofield, plays for the Seattle Seahawks. “I love how into it they are here.”
Although he averaged over 15 points a game as a junior, Schofield was under the radar following a season in which he played second fiddle to former Zion-Benton star Milik Yarbrough. But the player who’s been among the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s top 15 prospects in the senior class had a breakout July.
There was a ton of immediate interest from several mid-major programs, including Ohio, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Fairfield and others, while Wichita State, Minnesota and West Virginia were poking around. But the feel Schofield had for Tennessee made the decision easy before it became too complicated.
The Vols have locked up a player who is in the process of elevating his game and brings upside. The big, wide-shouldered wing is tough and has tremendous strength. He gets great elevation and has a high release point on his perimeter jumper, which extends beyond the three-point line.
“Their system and style is going to be perfect for me,” says Schofield. “They want to run and press, speed people up. Coach Tyndall says he loves my versatility, how hard-nosed I am and how tough I play. The will play me mostly at the 3.”Tags: Joe Henricksen, Zion-Benton