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Although it was obvious, it’s now official. According to Associated Press voting, Tennessee wing Dalton Knecht was selected for the first team All-American squad.

This offseason, Knecht—who moved from Northern Colorado—completely dominated conference play en route to winning the SEC Player of the Year award.

Knecht was added to the first team roster alongside Zach Edey of Purdue, RJ Davis of North Carolina, Tristen Newton of UConn, and Jamal Shead of Houston.

Knecht averaged more than 21 points per game during his one and only season at Rocky Top. In SEC play, that figure increased to nearly 25 points. With Knecht, Tennessee now has a true offensive leader, something they haven’t had since Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams’ tenure.

Knecht has changed from being a portal addition to a first-round pick in the NBA. His stature and scoring prowess set him apart from the others, and mock drafts have him going anywhere from the lottery to the 25th pick.

Only the fourth since 2000, Knecht is the 25th All-American player in Tennessee history.

Only the fourth since 2000, Knecht is the 25th All-American player in Tennessee history. The last player to be named to the first team in 2018–19 was Grant Williams.

Under Rick Barnes, Tennessee hasn’t fielded a scorer in the NCAA Tournament quite like this.

Quite frankly, since his time at Texas with Kevin Durant, Barnes hasn’t had a scorer of this magnitude.

In March, would that be sufficient to help Tennessee overcome its obstacles? We will soon find out.

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