It’s been a badly-kept secret for the past week or so, but now it’s official: Admiral Schofield is returning to Tennessee for another year:
— ♠️ACE BOOGIE ++ (@admiralelite15) May 29, 2018
Schofield was a First-Team All-SEC pick last year, and he’ll be joining SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams to reprise the one-two punch that surprised nearly everyone last season on the way to an NCAA Tournament bid. In all, the team returns 11 of 13 scholarship players, which is one of the main reasons the team has been rated as high as No. 3 in preseason polls. Schofield was second on the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game, and he led the team in rebounding with 6.4 per game. He scored in double figures in each of his last 11 games and was arguably the team’s most valuable player late in the season.
Schofield went through the NBA pre-draft process, but by not hiring an agent, he retained the option to return to school instead of committing to the NBA. He worked out with Oklahoma City, Brooklyn, Memphis, and Denver, among others, before making his return official.