Breaking: Basketball Lands Indiana State Transfer Guard Tyreke Key Flights

Indiana State transfer shooter Tyreke Key has committed to Tennessee, according to his Twitter page.

Key visited UT April 19-21 and two days later commits to Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas Tech (where Key also made an official visit).

Key holds one of four scholarships Rick Barnes is scheduled to hold at UT with Kennedy Chandler, Handje Tamba, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, Victor Bailey Jr. and Quentin Diboundje all leaving.

Key is entering his sixth and final year of college eligibility (COVID year) after serving his first five years of college ball with the Sycamores playing both shooter and point guard.

The Celina, Tenn. native joins Zakai Zeigler, Santiago Vescovi and new freshman BJ Edwards as guards who will play a crucial role in the Vols’ backcourt this coming season.

Key did not play in 2021-22 with a shoulder injury after consecutive All-MVC first-team seasons. The old plane tree entered the portal on March 16.

Key ranks sixth all-time in Indiana State basketball history with 1,650 career points as the 6’3″ guard was one of the Sycamores’ top contributors in the during his four seasons in Terre Haute.

The 205-pound guard played four full seasons as a Sycamore, averaging double-digit points in three seasons, including 17.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 2020-21. Key is a career 37.4% shooter from beyond the arc.

As a prep, Key was one of the best players to grace the courts at Clay County High School. Key finished his high school career with 3,287 points scored, which was 10th in Tennessee State history, according to Key’s Indiana State profile. Key also set the Tennessee High School record for most runs scored in a season with 1,383, breaking Tony Delk’s 1991–92 record of 1,312. Key also broke the TSSAA record for most runs scored in a state tournament with 128.

Below is Tennessee’s current basketball roster at this point in the offseason:

0 F/C Jonas Aidoo (So.)

5G Zakai Zeigler (So.)

13 F Olivier Nkamhoua (Sr.)

15 G Jahmai Mashack (So.)

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21G Kent Gilbert (Jr.)

24G Justin Powell (Jr.)

25 G Santiago Vescovi (Sr.)

30G Josiah-Jordan James (Sr.)

31G Isaiah Sulack (Sr.)

33 C Uros Plavsic (R-Sr.)

G BJ Edwards (fr.)

Key G Tyreke (COVID-Sr.)

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