Pearl Adds Gym Dandies

Josh Selby

On a day when the future of Tennessee's football program was being seriously questioned following a thrashing at the hands of Florida that dropped the Vols to 1-2 on the season, the outlook for the Big Orange basketball program has never been brighter.

Bruce Pearl picked up a pair of guards for the Class of 2010 that project as top ten prospects at their respective positions as Josh Selby and Jordan McRae announced their intentions of signing with Tennessee.

Selby, a 6-foot-2, five-star prospect hails from prestigious DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, is regarded as the nation's No. 2 point guard in his class by Scout.com one of the nation's No. 41 prospects overall in the Class of 2010.

Selby was recruited by a plethora of premier programs including Texas, Florida, Marquette, Xavier, Louisville, South Carolina and Georgia among others. In the end he chose Tennessee because of his relationship with Coach Pearl and staff, plus he was impressed by what he saw of the campus during his visit on Saturday.

"It was a good experience and it came down to Tennessee and Indiana, and this is way closer than Indiana and I really liked coach Pearl," " Selby told Scout.com basketball recruiting analyst Evan Daniels after announcing his decision. "It felt like home. felt like another home. My mother liked it, my uncle liked it and I loved it. The crowd at the game was crazy. I loved it down here."

Selby is an athletic point guard, who shoots good enough to play on the perimeter, and first came to national prominence during the Nike Hoop Jamboree in which he demonstrated the ability to score off the dribble and breakdown defenses. He's a ball hawk on defense who can steal the ball on one end and finish on the other. McRae is a 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard from Liberty County High School in Hinesville, Ga., who is rated four stars by Scout.com and ranked No. 11 at his position in the Class of 2010 — No. 41 overall. He chose Tennessee over Indiana. He was also recruited by Wake Forest, UCLA, Florida, LSU, Miami, Xavier, Auburn, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas.

As a sophomore McRae averaged 18 points per game and helped lead Liberty County to a 23-5 record. Scout.com's Daniel offers the following summary evaluation. "McRae is a big time athlete that has no problem scoring around the rim. He's also equipped with a solid jump shot from deep and mid-range. These attributes are just a few reasons why he's picked up interest from high-major schools."

McRae visited Knoxville last spring for the Tennessee-Kentucky game, and returned Saturday to watch a Vols basketball practice before the football game against Florida. He was joined by Selby as well as 2010 shooting guard commitment Aaron Craft of Findlay, Ohio, and 2009's lone UT verbal power forward Kenny Hall of Redan High School of Stone Mountain, Ga. In addition to Craft and Hall, also taking his official visit to Tennessee was Chipola Junior College shooting guard Casey Mitchell.

More on that later.

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