According to the dictionary, “Admiral” has two definitions:
- A commander of a fleet or naval squadron, or a naval officer of very high rank.
- A butterfly that has dark wings with bold colorful markings.
Both these definitions are relative when describing Admiral Schofield.
Imagine a 6’6” 241 pound guard/small forward who has the body of a small truck that’s paired with a silky smooth jump shot. A threat everywhere on the court, literally, everywhere. Baseline to baseline, sideline to sideline. The ability to hit a corner three on one end, block your shot on the other, and then lead a fast break that turns into a ferocious dunk. He’s the guy you want on your team and hate him if he’s not.
This is Admiral Schofield.
The Tennessee legend, who played all four years in that signature orange color, was a leader since stepping onto the Knoxville campus. In his first season (2015-16), the Vols hired new coach Rick Barnes and finished 15-19 that year, 12th in the SEC conference. Schofield averaged 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in just 18.7 minutes per game. The next year, Tennessee improved but not by much, finishing 9th in the SEC with a 16-16 record. By the time Schofield was a junior, his numbers improved all over the court and the Vols found themselves on top of the SEC finishing first in the conference with a 26-9 overall record and going as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Schofield went through the NBA Draft evaluation process after his junior year but ultimately stayed with the Vols for one more season. And boy did he have an impact. Tennessee flirting with the No. 1 overall ranking in NCAA division I men’s basketball all last season, had a deep NCAA Tournament run, and Schofield made himself into quite the NBA prospect:
- Averaged 16.5 points and shot 42% from three-point range;
- A finalist for the 2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award;
- 2019 Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year Award Midseason Team;
- A No. 1 Top -10 play on SportsCenter
- 2019 All-SEC First Team (Coaches)
(Just to name a few…)
He was the admiral in Tennessee.
Keep that doubt fuel coming please ⛽️ 🙏🏾— Admiral Schofield 🐺 (@admiralelite15) June 17, 2019
His style of play is that of “a butterfly with dark wings and bold beautiful markings.” A multi-faceted type of game: not afraid to have the ball in his hands, can overpower you in the paint, but also pull up with a smooth free throw line jumper. But what sets him apart from the rest of the field every time he steps onto the court is his ability to shoot beyond the arc. He is the type of person, not just player, willing to do it all. He has the tenacious mentality to grab an offensive rebound and go right up with it. The in-your-face dark wings with the bold, fearless jump shot butterfly that he is.
This is Admiral Schofield. A guy who can do everything and the little things:
"They need guys who can do the little things. I'm that guy." @Vol_Hoops Admiral Schofield (@admiralelite15) leaning on discipline, maturity as a four-year college athlete in preparation for next level. #ripcity pic.twitter.com/pwldLKvZiq— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) June 16, 2019
Should the Blazers salute the admiral if he is still on the board at No. 25 on this Thursday’s 2019 NBA Draft? Absolutely.