April 25, 2006

Youngest Vol Commit Coming Along Nicely

Even with something of a rebuilding job ahead of him, Bruce Pearl showed that he had one eye focused long down the road from the moment he took the Tennessee job last spring. The fact that he was already building for the future became apparent when the Vols' took a commitment from then high school freshman Cordell Passley last May. Now, as a rising junior, Passley is showing that he has the potential to be a quality high-major prospect.

After signing a bevy of guards in this class (four of them), the Vols will are still perhaps in the market for a true point guard in the program. That player may emerge from the current group of signees, or the staff may find him in the '07 class, but things already look settled at the position in regards to the Vols' '08 needs.

Passley (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) isn't the flashiest player at the point guard position, but in helping to lead his SYF AAU team to the finals of a loaded tournament in this past weekend's Kingwood Classic in Houston, he displayed plenty of aspects of his game that college coaches are searching for at the position.

Teaming up with '07 Tennessee target E'Twuan Moore, (and playing with and against players a year older in most cases) who carried the scoring load for the SYF team, Passley helped form a very solid backcourt that was probably among the best in the field at Houston.

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