Kennedy Chandler and the Tennessee Volunteers may not have had the success in the NCAA Tournament they wanted, losing to Michigan in Round 2, but it was a great year on Rocky Top.

Chandler’s superb play at the point guard position was a big reason why the Vols were able to win their first SEC Tournament title since 1979.

Now, Chandler is going to test himself at the next level. He announced on ESPN on Tuesday afternoon that he was entering the 2022 NBA Draft:

Shortly thereafter, Chandler made the news official on his Instagram:



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Chandler appeared in 34 games for the Vols in 2021-22, starting all of them. He averaged 13.9 points, 4.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest.

He’s receiving some potential lottery buzz, so he seems like a safe bet to go in Round 1 of July’s draft.

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