Has new Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall found another Kenneth Faried, the former first-round NBA Draft pick who played for Tyndal at Morehead State?
Willie Carmichael, the latest recruit in the bountiful seven-player harvest raked in by Tyndall and his staff, may never be drafted, and he probably won’t become the best rebounder in the college game, as Faried was, but he’s been called a “poor man’s Kenneth Faried,” for his penchant of picking clean the backboards, in or out of his area.
Like Tyndall’s other two post recruits, 6-9 FGCU transfer Eric McKnight and 6-8 high school senior Jabari McGhee, Carmichael, from Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla., is lean compared to former Vols Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon, but with three bouncy, athletic posts, Tennessee might come close to equaling its offensive rebounding prowess of last season.
And Tyndall and his staff are after one more big man that fits into the same category, 6-10 Tariq Owens from Baltimore, who signed with Ohio last fall but asked out of his release after coach Jim Christian took the Boston College job.
“[Owens] doesn’t have the build of the classic power forward,” wrote Scout’s Brian Snow, “but his long and angular frame combined with quickness and a motor, can make him a tough matchup for opponents.”
Before signing with Ohio last November, Owens had narrowed his choices to Georgetown, Miami, Temple and VCU. Scout rated him a four-star prospect, and ESPN considered him the seventh-best prospect in Maryland. After Owens reopened his recruitment, his choices were quickly reduced to Dayton, Temple, Seton Hall and Tennessee.
If Tyndall pulls off signing Owens, he will have replaced an entire post rotation in less than two weeks.