Tennessee’s roster overhaul continued today when the Vols signed former Southern Miss recruit Devon Baulkman, and though at first glance it may seem as though the Vols are overloaded at the wing positions, the 6-5, 200-pound Baulkman adds length and versatility, commodities new coach Donny Tyndall can always put to good use.
“He can play all three perimeter positions, and that versatility will allow him to contribute immediately to our team,” Tyndall said in a release.
Asked via text if he planned to use Baulkman at the point, Tyndall responded quick. “Maybe 8-10,” he wrote, meaning eight to 10 minutes a game.
Baulkman, who played the last two years for Gulf State Coast College in Panama City, Fla, provides insurance at the point, which is still the most uncertain position on the team. Tyndall signee Detrick Mostella can play the position, but the freshman hasn’t made it through the NCAA Clearinghouse yet. Darius Thompson, who played for Tennessee as a freshman in 2013-14, has asked for his release, but Tyndall hasn’t written him off just yet.
If neither Mostella nor Thompson are on the roster next fall, Baulkman can play the position in a pinch. And the Vols are still actively recruiting. Ian Chiles, a fifth-year senior transfer from IUPUI, is considered a Tennessee lean. He’s another combo guard who could provide minutes at the point.
Tyndall might have to use a point-guard-by-committee system. Junior college transfer Kevin Punter and senior Josh Richardson could also play the position in an emergency, but Tyndall would rather they focused on what they do best. Both are exceptional midrange scorers, and both are capable of making 3s.
Baulkman could be one of the most useful pieces on the team. The former first-team Georgia all-state pick can score, as evidenced by the 48 points he unleashed Northwest Florida State this season. He averaged 15.5 points, along with 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals. That indicates versatility, but his value is the fact he can play three positions and defend them as well.