Tennessee has made the cut as one of the final nine schools for an elite prospect in the 2019 class.

Josiah James, a five-star point guard from Charleston, S.C., announced Saturday night that the Vols are along side Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, Virginia, Florida State, Clemson and South Carolina.

The 6-foot-6, 195-pound James is the No. 12 overall prospect in the 2019 class according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He’s the No. 1 point guard in the class and the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina. The 247Sports ratings have James at No. 10 overall nationally, No. 1 at point guard and No. 1 in South Carolina.

The Vols sent assistant coach Michael Schwartz to Canada last month to watch James during group stage play of the FIBA U18 Americas Championship.

Tennessee is part of the final three schools for 2019 four-star point guard Tre Mann, from The Villages, Fla. Mann announced earlier this week that he will choose between Tennessee, Florida and Kansas on July 22 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

The 6-foot-1 Mann is No. 37 overall in the 2019 class, No. 3 at point guard and No. 6 in the state of Florida.

Four-star point guards Kira Lewis (Hazel Green, Ala.) and Kyle Sturdivant (Norcross, Ga.) also have offers from the Vols.

Tennessee also has traction with five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque (Arden, N.C.) and four-star combo guard KyKy Tandy (Hopkinsville, Ky.). Lecque is the No. 9 overall player in the 2019 class and the No. 2 combo guard, while Tandy is ranked No. 132 overall and No. 17 among combo guards.

The Vols should have at least three scholarship openings in the 2019 class, with forward Admiral Schofield and center Kyle Alexander entering their senior seasons. There’s also a scholarship slot left open after four-star center D.J. Burns filled one of two spots in the 2018 class.

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Tennessee has two commitments from forwards in the 2019 class — three-star power forward Drew Pember and three-star small forward Davonte Gaines.

Pember, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Knoxville, is the No. 152 overall player in the class, ranked No. 31 among power forwards and No. 5 overall in Tennessee. He’s still a possibility for reclassification and a move to the 2020 class after a year at prep school.

“We still have to work out the details on everything,” Pember said after committing a mont ago. “It’s not 100 percent certain yet. If it works out (as it is now), I’ll still be in 2019.

“I’m open to whatever as long as I’m going to be a Volunteer. I just want to be there. I mean, 2019 would be preferred. But everything still has to be worked out. I want to be there, regardless.”

Gaines, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Buffalo, N.Y., committed to the Vols last summer and is ranked No. 268 overall in the class, No. 66 at small forward and No. 7 out of New York.