For the second year in a row, Clemson lost out on a top-15 in-state recruit to an out-of-state program when Josiah James picked Tennessee over Clemson and Duke in an announcement made Tuesday.
Following his announcement, James expounded on the decision, saying, “I feel like I found a home at Tennessee. They have been recruiting me the longest,” James said. “On my visit I fell in love with everything – the coaching staff, the players and the environment. It was where I felt I could become a better person and a better basketball player. It was where I felt most wanted. They did a great job recruiting me.”
With respect to the Tigers, James said, “Clemson did a great job and I had a great visit. I really enjoyed getting to know their coaches and they were great people. I can’t say enough about Clemson. I just chose Tennessee because I felt most comfortable there.”
The 6-6 guard from Porter-Gaud is the second top-100 prospect from South Carolina for Tennessee’s Rick Barnes joining DJ Burns, a one-time Gamecocks recruiting target, of Rock Hill from the class of 2018.