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Former Herald POY McGhee signs with Tennessee

Jabari McGhee was the 2013 Willie Boston Player of the Year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall announced Friday that former Monroe star and Herald Player of the Year Jabari McGhee signed with the Volunteers.

McGhee, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, played the 2013-14 season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., but will enroll at Tennessee this summer and suit up for the Vols next season.

McGhee will have four seasons of eligibility with Tennessee.

“I’m very excited to add Jabari to the Tennessee basketball family,” Tyndall said. “He’s an outstanding young man who will bring length and size to our frontcourt. His toughness and competitive edge will allow him to contribute early in his career.”

During the 2013-14 season at Hargrave, McGhee averaged close to 24 points and 15 rebounds while helping lead the team to a 32-8 record.

Prior to enrolling in prep school, McGhee, a two-time Herald Super 6er, starred at Monroe, where he was a three-year starter and finished his career with more than 1,200 points.

As a senior, McGhee averaged a double-double and earned Class AAAA All-State honors from the Atlanta Journal Constitution (first team), the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (first team) and the Georgia Sportswriters Association (second team) while helping the Tornadoes become the first team in the history of The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll to go wire-to-wire as the No. 1-ranked team in Southwest Georgia.

McGhee played AAU ball for the Atlanta Xpress program, which also produced current Vols guard Armani Moore, a rising junior from Kennesaw.

McGhee is Tyndall’s first signee at Tennessee. Tyndall was introduced as UT’s head coach April 22.