St. Louis writer links Tennessee with transfer of talented Billikens

St. Louis point guard Yuri Collins entered the transfer portal on Monday just under two weeks after declare for the NBA Draft without calling an agent.

Tennessee needs to add another point guard to its roster after Kennedy Chandler hired an agent and declared himself for the NBA Draft earlier this month. St. Louis reporter says Rick Barnes and the Vols are in a good position to land the transfer point guard

St. Louis Dispatch columnist Ben Frederickson wrote about the challenges St. Louis University and the University of Missouri face in the new NIL era of college athletics after Collins announced that he was heading for the transfer portal.

While referencing Collins’ entry into the transfer portal, Frederickson noted that “all signs point to Tennessee” for the point guard’s future home. Frederickson also referenced Tennessee assistant Rod Clark as why the Vols are a major player for the point guard.

Collins is originally from St. Louis, and Clark spent time as an assistant coach at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, not far from Collins’ hometown.

The 6-foot point guard has played three college seasons and still has two years of eligibility due to NCAA COVID-19 eligibility relief. Collins is one of the best players on the transfer portal and would be a huge fixture for the 2022-23 Vols.

The country’s assist leader last season, Collins ranks as a five-star transfer and the country’s No.5 player in the transfer portal according to EvanMiya.

Collins averaged 11.1 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 turnovers per game last season while shooting 45% from the field and 36% from the three-point line.

The point guard had a handful of massive games, including a 35-point, 13-assist performance against George Mason, a 24-point, eight rebound, and six-assist performance against Richmond, and a 13-point, 12 assist performance against Auburn.

Tennessee currently has only one point guard on its roster in Freshman All-SEC team selection Zakai Zeigler. BJ Edwards is a new four-star point guard for Knoxville Catholic, but Rick Barnes has discussed his ability to play with the ball as well as on the ball following the end of the 2021-22 season.

Indiana State transfer Tyreke Key is expected to be on campus in Tennessee this week for a visit.