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Pearl Making Progress in Memphis

Pierre Niles

Logically speaking, it should be easier for the Vols to sign basketball prospects out of east and middle Tennessee than out of Memphis, but the Bluff City area is where Coach Bruce Pearl and staff appear to be making serious inroads and the payoff could be coming sooner rather than later.

Bolivar's Wayne Chism has announced the Vols are one of his five finalists along with SEC teams Ole Miss, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi State. Chism, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound, power forward is rated No. 16 at his position nationally by Scout.com and averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks per game as a junior at Bolivar Central. Chism's stock took a dramatic rise after he turned in a...

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