Tennessee wasted little time filling the void left by rising junior Derrick Walker’s decision to transfer, announcing the signing of Olivier Robinson-Nkamhoua on Wednesday.

"Olivier is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential, and we're excited about his development once he arrives," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said in a release. "He comes from a great, high-character family — both in Finland and here in the U.S. — that has given him a solid foundation. He's received excellent coaching at the high school level and comes to us with an outstanding work ethic and eagerness to learn.

"He's a very athletic forward who has a level of versatility on both ends of the floor. He can play inside or on the perimeter, and he guards multiple positions defensively. He'll fit well into our defensive schemes. He can bring pressure, play up-tempo, understands good ball movement and is a strong communicator."

Robinson-Nkamhoua, who committed to UT on Tuesday, is a 3-star prospect who ranks as the No. 184 player in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He has moved up 231 spots in 247Sports’ rankings since March.

He is listed at 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, joins 5-star point guard Josiah-Jordan James and 3-star forwards Drew Pember and Davonte Gaines in the 2019 class.

Robinson-Nkamhoua is a native of Finland who transitioned to the United States in 2017 and attends Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland, Maryland. He will become the first Tennessee basketball player from Finland and just the second from Europe, joining rising junior wing Yves Pons from France.

Walker entered the NCAA transfer portal on May 1. He averaged 1.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 64 career games.

Depending on what Grant Williams and Jordan Bone decide in terms of their NBA future, this may not be the last addition to the Vols’ roster for the upcoming season.

Williams and Bone will participate in the NBA draft combine from May 15-19, along with Admiral Schofield. Williams and Bone have until May 29 to withdraw from the draft pool and return for their senior season.

Beach Day

UT will participate in the 2020 Charleston Classic, according to Jeff Goodman.

The field will reportedly include Houston, Florida State, Seton Hall, VCU, Oklahoma State, Penn State and host Charleston.

The Vols have played in a non-conference tournament in each of Rick Barnes’ four seasons at the helm. They have played in both the Barclays Center Classic (2015) and NIT Season Tip-Off (2018) in Brooklyn, New York, the Maui Invitational in Hawaii (2016) and the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas (2017).

UT will participate in the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Fla. on Nov. 29-30 this upcoming season.

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