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JUCO post player commits to Vols

The numbers crunch involving the Tennessee men’s basketball team’s roster seemingly became a bit more complicated Tuesday afternoon.

Forward/center Rawane Ndiaye of Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, committed to Tennessee on Tuesday.

Forward/center Rawane Ndiaye of Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, verbally committed to the Vols on Tuesday following an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend, according to a source close to the situation.

Ndiaye gave the Vols their fifth commitment for the 2013 class and pushed them two scholarships over the NCAA limit of 13.

Tennessee still is waiting to hear whether All-SEC sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes will return for his junior season or choose to enter the NBA draft. Junior guard Jordan McRae announced Saturday that he will return for his senior year with the Vols.

The NBA’s deadline for players to declare themselves eligible for the draft is April 28.

The 6-foot-10, 255-pound Ndiaye, who has two remaining years of collegiate eligibility, averaged 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season at Indian Hills, playing in only 13 games because of a foot injury.

Ndiaye reportedly drew interest from Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State before deciding on Tennessee. He originally committed to Western Carolina in 2011 out of Body of Christ Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., before enrolling at Indian Hills.

Ndiaye joined five-star guard Robert Hubbs of Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn., three-star forward A.J. Davis of Buford (Ga.) High School, three-star guard Darius Thompson of Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and three-star point guard Travon Landry of Huntingdon (W.Va.) Prep School in Tennessee’s 2013 class.

Hubbs, Davis and Landry signed with the Vols in November during the early signing period.

Ndiaye and Thompson, who both took official visits to Tennessee over the weekend, are expected to sign National Letters of Intent with the Vols as early as this week. The spring signing period begins Wednesday.

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