Josiah-Jordan James to enter NBA draft, maintain college eligibility

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Josiah-Jordan James has entered the NBA draft, but has the chance in returning to the Volunteers next season.

James and his teammate Santiago Vescovi have decided to explore their options. Both, however, can return to UT if they withdraw from draft consideration by June. 1.

Tennessee point guard Kennedy Chandler entered the NBA as a one-and-done player, while James and Vescovi, who recently completed junior seasons, will going through the draft process to gain feedback.

James averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season.

He helped the Vols win the SEC championship for the first time since 1979. James averaged 14.0 points per game in the SEC Tournament.

James was a five-star recruit from the 2019 class and was the first five-star player to be signed by head coach Rick Barnes.