The Tennessee basketball program took a big step forward in its push to be the state school for the entire state of Tennessee and not just for the middle and eastern section of the Volunteer state with the commitment of Wayne Chism. Not only is the 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward from Bolivar Central (Tenn.) High School, near Memphis, but Chism is also the No. 42 ranked player in the Rivals150.
"I feel really good about going to Tennessee," said Chism. "I'm glad I made this choice early, so I won't have to worry about it during my senior season."
Chism is the second 2006 Tennessee commitment along with Marques Johnson, the No. 114 ranked player in the Rivals150.
Choosing Tennessee over Arkansas and Ole Miss, Chism is excited about playing for his state school.
"It means a lot to me to play in the state of Tennessee," he said. "I grew up watching Tennessee on television. I really like their academics and their fans."
Chism, who averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds per game during his junior season,has the ability to beat players down the court and then the strength to bang down low. Can score to either shoulder with his back to the basket and can also step out and hit the three-pointer. Can handle the ball and defends the high ball screen well. Has great potential as a skilled power forward.