The Tennessee basketball program has added another decorated and well-rounded impact player to its roster, as Harvard transfer Chris Ledlum signed to spend his final year of collegiate eligibility on Rocky Top.
A versatile 6-6 swingman originally from Brooklyn, New York, Ledlum’s four years at Harvard saw him total 955 points in 70 games for a career average of 13.6 points per game.
Ivy League schools cancelled the men’s basketball season in 2020-21, and Ledlum sustained a season-ending injury after appearing in 13 games as a junior in 2021-22.
Ledlum, who will receive his Harvard degree in Sociology later this month, earned second-team Academic All-America distinction in 2023. Equally as accomplished on the hardwood, he also was a first-team NABC All-District selection and a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League performer this past year.
“Chris has many of the characteristics we value in our program,” Vols head coach Rick Barnes said. “He has a tremendous work ethic and plays with grit, toughness and a bit of swagger. We’ve seen similar traits in other Vols from New York, and we expect Chris to build on that history.
“He comes from a wonderful family and had a tremendous career at Harvard playing for a great coach in Tommy Amaker, so he’s coming in with a strong foundation. He’ll give us an inside-outside scoring presence. And his versatility—scoring, rebounding and playmaking—extends our ability to create mismatches.”
Ledlum in 2022-23 led the Ivy League in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and ranked second in both scoring (18.8 ppg) and steals (1.8 spg). He scored in double figures in 26 of 28 games, eclipsed 20 points 11 times and netted 30 or more points twice. He posted eight double-doubles, and his 527 points on the year ranked fifth on Harvard’s all-time single-season list.
When the Crimson traveled to Phog Allen Fieldhouse to face fourth-ranked Kansas on Dec. 22, Ledlum totaled 17 points and nine rebounds. His best scoring performance was a 35-point effort at Cornell on Feb. 18.
Prior to college, Ledlum played two years at St. Peter’s Boys High School in Staten Island before spending his senior year at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts, where he won the 2019 Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year award.