The Tennessee basketball program’s 2014 signing class grew to three players Thursday, as head coach Donnie Tyndall announced that Detrick Mostella (pronounced: DEE-trick moss-TELL-uh) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UT.
A 6-3, 170-point combo guard from Decatur, Ala., Mostella plans to enroll this summer. He joins previous UT spring signees Jabari McGhee and Kevin Punter.
“Detrick is an explosive athlete who can make plays off the dribble and create opportunities for his teammates,” Tyndall said. “He is another versatile, long, athletic perimeter player who fits perfectly in our system and style of play. We’re very excited to add this high character young man to our Tennessee basketball family.”
Considered a four-star prospect by nearly every major recruiting service, Mostella was rated by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 43 overall prospect in the class of 2013.
Mostella, who will be a freshman next season with four years of eligibility, initially signed with Oklahoma State in November 2012 prior to his senior season.
He transferred to La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., for his final year of high school, and he graduated from La Lumiere in 2013.
Mostella eventually was granted a release from his Oklahoma State NLI, and he spent the 2013-14 academic year at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Fitchburg, Mass, where he was coached by Ryan Hurd. Recently departed Vols point guard Antonio Barton, who completed his eligibility last season, also is a product of Notre Dame Prep.
From his freshman through junior year, Mostella attended Austin High School in Decatur, Ala. As a junior, he earned All-State honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association after averaging 16.4 points per game and leading Austin to the Class 6A Northwest Regional final.
As a sophomore at AHS, Mostella averaged 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game and was named The Decatur Daily’s 4A-6A Player of the Year.