Bradshaw, Tatum show their offensive talents

Former Tennessee player Dane Bradshaw scored 27 points to help Toyota of Knoxville open up defense of its Pilot Rocky Top League championship Monday night at Bearden High School with a 109-101 win over First Tennessee.

"Coach (Rick) Campbell does a real good job picking players who are unselfish and fit together,'' said Bradshaw, who also had 13 rebounds and five assists.

Campbell gave Bradshaw the credit.

"Didn't he look good tonight?'' Campbell asked. "Dane just wins, he just wins.''

Cameron Tatum scored 37 on 13-of-30 shooting (7-of-11 from the line) for First Tennessee to top all scorers on the first night.

"I wanted to come out here and see where I was at,'' said Tatum, who redshirted last season at UT and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. "I felt like I was 100 percent.''

Tatum said he wasn't surprised to see Bradshaw shine.

"Dane will always have some tricks up his sleeve,'' he said. "He's a smart basketball player.''

Not Here Yet: UT signee Renaldo Woolridge did not play as he has yet to arrive in Knoxville. Woolridge is expected to be in Knoxville and ready for league play by next week.

Bad News: Ron Slay and Damon Johnson used the same word to sum-up the News-Sentinel’s performance on opening night: “Embarrassing.’’

Slay and Johnson, two former Vols who have gone on to great success playing pro ball in Europe, couldn’t overcome Tyler Smith and the HT Group in a 123-76 loss.

“We got embarrassed,’’ said Johnson, the MVP of the PRTL last season. “We didn’t play well together, we came down and took quick shots, and there was no defense. We are not going to lose like that again.’’

Slay, whose fun-loving, crowd-pleasing ways have long made him a fan-favorite, was clearly irritated in defeat.

“We have two professional players on our team, and people need to know their roles,’’ Slay said. “We’re going to make adjustments; we need to take open shots.’’

Making a Name: Grainger's Skylar McBee was easily the most impressive of the three high school players in action Monday. McBee scored 18 points for Richardson Construction on 7-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-6 beyond the 3-point arc. McBee has offers from East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee State, UAB and Indiana State.

Clemson Crusher: Terrence Oglesby, who earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference freshman honors at Clemson, had a rough first outing. Oglesby, a product of Bradley Central in Cleveland, had 21 points on 7-of-24 shooting.

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Comments » 12

MidTennVol writes:

Man, this league sounds like a great thing. How come it's so brief? Why don't they play all summer long? Each player will walk away better than when they arrived.

andefromtn#212139 writes:

Two words, immediately come to mind about your question and they are NCAA Rules. The NCAA, most likely, limits the amount of organized games that can be played by college athletes during the summer. That is my guess anyway. I know I've read about how they limit certain activities and such in different sports. It's suppose to be so these players aren't over worked and thus injured.

b_neas writes:

Tatum is going to wow UT fans, hopefully for years. What little i saw of him last year i was very impressed. This kid is so athletic its sick. He can shoot the 3, is quick and long, and he can go to another level when he elevates. Not sure how solid he is on def yet, but his offensive skills are well advanced.

lilomer37 writes:

andefromtn, you and DaddyVol are both partially right. There are NCAA regulations regarding summer league participation and, at least in part, there is a concern for injuries. However, one of the biggest reasons the season is so short (and shorter this year than last) is because many of the players have to return to their respective schools for workouts, etc. after the 4th of July. But what a treat it is while it lasts! And nice for us to get a sneak peak at the abilities of the incoming freshmen (including a red-shirted Tatum).

CoverOrange writes:

I guessed I missed an article or forgot one. When did Cameron have arthroscopic surgery?

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Sounds fun. Wish I could be there...pj

pdhuff#552644 writes:

KingsportV, after a few minutes with Dupree, I believe a paternity suit is out of the question.

He said for a dozen glazed, he'd swear to anything, including who had been there when the keel was laid.

cjraney writes:

b_neas-
Agree with you on Tatum. He showed real flashes in his brief appearances last year. If his D is as good as his scoring we should be in for a treat this season.

UT_LAW_2011 writes:

http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs/e...

Emmanuel Negedu has verbally committed to Tennessee.

"I'm going to the University of Tennessee," Negedu said by phone Tuesday in an exclusive interview with CBSSports.com. "Tennessee was one of the schools I considered before I (signed with) Arizona (last November), and when I visited there I liked the campus and I really got along with the players. It just seemed like a family. I love it. And I feel like I've known the coaches forever."

A 6-foot-7 forward, Negedu is the one-time Arizona signee who asked for a release from his national letter of intent last month, unhappy with the uncertainty surrounding Lute Olson and the Arizona program. When the release was granted the African import immediately became the central recruiting target for multiple elite level programs -- specifically Tennessee, Indiana, Memphis and Georgia Tech, all of which were searching for an impact frontcourt player to add to the 2008-09 roster.

Rivals.com ranks Negedu as the 40th-best prospect in his class while Scout.com has him at No. 71. Either way, he's an extremely athletic, explosive post presence who should immediately help the Vols as he competes for minutes with veterans Wayne Chism and Tyler Smith.

For Bruce Pearl, this is a huge development.

It not only solidifies Tennessee as a preseason top 10 team, but it's an example of Pearl -- aided by assistant Steve Forbes -- beating rival John Calipari and Memphis on a "national" recruit as the two programs continue to compete for supremacy in the state.

Negedu's pledge also pushes Tennessee's recruiting class solidly into the top 10 considering he's the fourth Rivals.com top 70 prospect to commit to UT. The best of the group is McDonald's All-American Scotty Hopson, who will start in the backcourt beside junior college standout Bobby Maze for a team that should win the SEC and could advance to the Final Four.

nakamine writes:

tatum looked really good...bradshaw willed his team like he did for us 2 years ago...too bad it was the first time i've seen him healthy in 3 years...bummer. btw, what were the folks that drafted the players thinking? htg and ray's are going to run over everyone else in this league...

AllLadyVol writes:

Dane Bradshaw belongs on the Tennessee bench - his presence is as motivational as CBP's, just in a different way.

VolFan32 writes:

Its not all summer so the guys can go home for about 3 weeks. I'd like the break.

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