Vols chase Ohio point guard

Vols chase Ohio point guard

Every dozen years or so Tennessee's basketball program starts sniffing around Shaker Heights, Ohio, for a combo guard.

The Vols were successful in 1999, signing 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jon Higgins, who started 122 of 124 games during his four-year college career and shot 39.8 percent from 3-point range.

Now the Big Orange is hitting Shaker Heights again - this time in pursuit of Terry Rozier, a 6-foot-1, 168-pounder who appears to be one of the fastest-rising point guard prospects in America these days.

Rozier recently competed in the LeBron James Skills Academy at Akron, where he apparently made quite a strong showing.

Rated a 3-star recruit and America's No. 22 point guard prospect by Scout.com, here is the expert analysis of Rozier in Scout's database:

"Needs to work from being a combo guard to being a true point guard, but Rozier is a player who is really coming on. A bit of a late bloomer, Rozier has put himself on the radar for high level programs with his athleticism and ability to score. As he improves his decision making his stock will continue to go up."

Reportedly, Rozier is considering Louisville, West Virginia, Cleveland State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Boston College, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Georgia, Kent State and Akron. He supposedly lists Louisville, West Virginia, Cleveland State and Illinois as his early leaders.

According to published reports, Rozier says he is looking for a "father-son relationship" with his future college coach and a "family feel" with the players.

Rozier also said he would prefer to be part of a program that plays a "fast, up and down" brand of basketball. That may not bode well for Tennessee, since first-year head man Cuonzo Martin was known for fielding defensive-oriented teams during his three-year stint at Missouri State.

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