Former Mr. Basketball Tyreke Key is moving to Tennessee


KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) — The Tennessee basketball team received a commitment from a transfer guard Saturday night.

Tyreke Key — a 6′3″ guard transfer from Indiana State announced he would use his final year of eligibility at Knoxville.

A Clay County native, he holds the record for points scored in a TSSAA state tournament and won the 2017 TSSAA Mr. Basketball Award. His offensive skills continued to the next level: Key averaged double digits in three of the four seasons he played for Indiana State. Key was averaging more than 17 points per game a season ago.

“It was a huge relief,” Key said when asked about a decision.

“The recruiting process is pretty hectic, but coming home was special for me and I’m excited to be back,” said Key, who preferred Tennessee to Texas Tech, Ole Miss and Oklahoma.

Key officiated the Missouri Valley Conference in minutes played two seasons ago and says he looks forward to serving as a veteran to Rick Barnes and his staff.

“You’re looking for a veteran who can hit the ball and I can hit well. I scored more than 1600-hundred points, so from this point of view I know how to score. They just need an older man to play that leadership role a little bit and come in and make a difference,” Key said.

Tennessee will try to fill three more roster spots during the offseason. Forwards Brandon Huntley-Hatfield and Handje Tamba have both entered the transfer portal but are yet to announce a landing spot. Victory Bailey Jr. will play for former UT assistant Kim English, while Quentin Diboundje will join former Tennessee associate head coach Michael Schwartz in East Carolina.

Kingsport native John Fulkerson used up his final year of eligibility last season.

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