Rick Barnes Says Admiral Schofield Plans to Return for His Senior Season

It looks like Tennessee basketball’s starting five will stay in-tact for the 2018–19 season. On Tuesday night, Coach Rick Barnes spoke to media at the Big Orange Caravan and spoke about the status of Admiral Schofield, who has been working out for NBA teams but hasn’t hired an agent so he has the option to return to school.

Barnes had this to say about Schofield…

“He’s told us from day one that his plan had always been to come back to college. That’s why this system is great. It’s there for guys to go out, because a year from now it’s for keeps. … I think the experience that he has garnered right now, not only will it help him but I just think it’s going to help our whole team. Because he’s going to share what he’s gone through and he’s learned a lot with it.”

If Schofield ultimately comes back as Barnes believes he will, it’s a massive development for the Vols because Schofield has become one of the cornerstone’s of UT’s roster. During the final nine games of the 2017-18 season, Schofield averaged 18.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and he was named to the postseason All-SEC second team.

Schofield hasn’t yet made an official announcement about his future plans and he has additional workouts scheduled with NBA teams in the coming days. He must make a final decision by the draft declaration deadline of May 30th.