Prince to have shoulder surgery

Tennessee senior wing J.P. Prince will undergo shoulder surgery later this week, according to a source close to the men’s basketball program.

Prince is expected to recover from the surgical procedure to “tighten up’’ his right shoulder in time for the start of individual workouts in August, the source said.

It’s the second year in a row Prince has had shoulder surgery — last year, it was his left shoulder.

Prince is coming off his most productive season with the Vols. He averaged 10.1 points per game while dishing out 95 assists and while committing 64 turnovers.

Prince started 22 of 30 games last season, as he was not 100 percent at the start of the season.

He recorded career highs in several categories last season, including points (20 vs. South Carolina), rebounds (10 vs. Alabama), assists (nine vs. Florida), blocks (three vs. Vanderbilt), steals (three vs. Alabama), minutes (34 vs. Vanderbilt), and made free throws (eight vs. Auburn).

Prince is not expected to shoulder as much of the point guard duties in the half-court next season with the addition of junior college standout Melvin Goins.

The senior from Memphis has been going through all off-season conditioning workouts in an effort to build strength leading up to the surgery to help in the recovery time.

Prince is left-handed, so this year’s offseason surgery should not affect his shot as much as last year’s surgery did.

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utallvol writes:

1st

utallvol writes:

good luck need u healthy next year

Madkels writes:

Will it help his ability to shoot the trey?

MrBamSeydu writes:

Wow, well there goes Prince's chance to get drafted. He could've used the next 3 months to workout and beef up a little bit AND work on his crooked, nasty looking jump shot. But now, same as last off season, he's having shoulder surgery.

At least he'll be able to drive to his left every time and make a few layups or get 1 or 2 dunks in each game. That's really all he's good for if he can't shoot consistently beyond 8 ft. He also needed to work on his free throws.

EnglewoodVol writes:

he's the best shot in the history of tennessee....this is gonna help him even more!!!

longball writes:

in response to Madkels:

Will it help his ability to shoot the trey?

No, he will continue to shoot terribly. His whole game will most likely continue to hurt our team like it did for at least 75% of the time he played last year.

Pullingguard writes:

in response to EnglewoodVol:

he's the best shot in the history of tennessee....this is gonna help him even more!!!

Please!!!!

rockytopman writes:

in response to longball:

No, he will continue to shoot terribly. His whole game will most likely continue to hurt our team like it did for at least 75% of the time he played last year.

You must be kidding...JP is a little too much about "me", but he is by far the most talented player on the team. His ability to create plays is head and shoulders above anyone else on last years team. Sometimes he just plays a little out of control.

Vay_Owe_Ale_Ace writes:

Get well soon and work on going right. And learn not to crash into the defender who's been standing still for 6 seconds while you drive towards the basket and get the charge called.

Lol...JP gets as many charges called against him as Steven Pearl gets called for.

Anyone else notice how well little Pearl can draw that charge? By God, he can't do much else, but lock him in the paint and he'll get you a charge.

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to longball:

No, he will continue to shoot terribly. His whole game will most likely continue to hurt our team like it did for at least 75% of the time he played last year.

He needs a reliable mid-range jumper, but he helps us tremendously with his drive and kicks.

OrangeMan_86 writes:

Sucky. He'll rebound nicely though. Just trying be optimistic and hoping for the best.

Off topic... I am getting excited about the fact that Tyler Smith has yet to put his name in the draft. Maybe he knows at best he'll be drafted 25th in the first round if at all in the first round. If he was a guaranteed to go in 20th or better, I'd be happy for him and want him to go. I don't want to see him go pro and fall to the second round though. A lot of second rounders last a season in the NBA. I remember the Pacers trading two second round picks to move up to the top of the second round for James White. He didn't even make the roster. Obviously there are Monta Ellis's and Manu Ginobili's but I'd rather get a guaranteed contract in the first round.

longball writes:

in response to rockytopman:

You must be kidding...JP is a little too much about "me", but he is by far the most talented player on the team. His ability to create plays is head and shoulders above anyone else on last years team. Sometimes he just plays a little out of control.

I wish I was. Granted, he had some quality games and beautiful passes but those we few and wayyy too far between. He did more hurt than help. That's why I said he stunk 75% of the time and not 100%. I was being nice. Playmaking ability head and shoulders above everyone else? You're the one that must be kidding!

MBEACHVOL writes:

I agree with longball, Prince looked for the highlight played matador defense and killed us with untimely turnovers.

b_neas writes:

If there is a surgery to make someone tougher he needs that.....i have never seen someone with his height be such a pansy around the bucket.

golfballs03 writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

Wow, well there goes Prince's chance to get drafted. He could've used the next 3 months to workout and beef up a little bit AND work on his crooked, nasty looking jump shot. But now, same as last off season, he's having shoulder surgery.

At least he'll be able to drive to his left every time and make a few layups or get 1 or 2 dunks in each game. That's really all he's good for if he can't shoot consistently beyond 8 ft. He also needed to work on his free throws.

This is the dumbest post of the day. MrBanSeydu apparently thinks there is no such thing as physical limitation.

kevin151 writes:

Maybe this will fix the 10 turnovers a game he averages???
You people talking about him being drafted are completely clueless.

Colliervol writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

Wow, well there goes Prince's chance to get drafted. He could've used the next 3 months to workout and beef up a little bit AND work on his crooked, nasty looking jump shot. But now, same as last off season, he's having shoulder surgery.

At least he'll be able to drive to his left every time and make a few layups or get 1 or 2 dunks in each game. That's really all he's good for if he can't shoot consistently beyond 8 ft. He also needed to work on his free throws.

Unless he miraculously finds a jump shot, he isn't getting drafted anyway. He can probably make some money overseas though.

rockytopman writes:

in response to longball:

I wish I was. Granted, he had some quality games and beautiful passes but those we few and wayyy too far between. He did more hurt than help. That's why I said he stunk 75% of the time and not 100%. I was being nice. Playmaking ability head and shoulders above everyone else? You're the one that must be kidding!

From UTsports.com...2008-09 (Junior)
Missed three games due to injury but started 23 of the 31 games in which he played ... Led the team in field-goal percentage (.572) and steals (47) ... Shot 63 percent on 2-pointers (124-198) as he was extremely active around the rim ... Had a team-high 30 dunks ... Ranked third on the squad with 9.9 points per game, while his 20 blocked shots tied for second on the team ... Led the Vols in assists 11 times and dished out 97 assists on the season ... Ranked eighth in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5), ninth in steals (1.5) and 12th in assists (3.1) ... In SEC play, his 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio was the best in the conference and his 3.7 assists per game ranked sixth in the league ... Now who's kidding who???

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Can you post a link or did you hear that on Sportscenter?

eb502us#225637 writes:

in response to rockytopman:

You must be kidding...JP is a little too much about "me", but he is by far the most talented player on the team. His ability to create plays is head and shoulders above anyone else on last years team. Sometimes he just plays a little out of control.

One has to wonder if Rockytopman has ever seen a UT basketball game.

And if he has, one has to also wonder whether he knows anything about the game.

I'm guessing he's seen a few games but obviously has no idea what he saw.

Absolutely clueless.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to Florrible:

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A real surprise that he was expected to go before Chism.

Since Tyler is projected at 27, I don't expect him to come back to UT.

morenoble writes:

This young man has survived a very near fatal illness caused by an infection and has endured 2 shoulder surgeries. Early Thursday morning say a prayer for him! He is a very deserving young man!

MillisaAnn writes:

Get Well Soon JP!!!

AlWilsonFan writes:

Good luck get well soon JP.

Oh and um "Prince is not expected to _shoulder_ as much of the point guard duties"

lol?

richvol writes:

The thing Prince has needed the entire time he's been at Tennessee is strength. Looks like he is not going to be able to get any stronger in this offseason once again. I hope his surgery goes well and he recovers quickly but his game cannot improve without greater hand strength and endurance. That's why he turns the ball over so much and he can't play hard for 40 minutes. He has real talent but will never reach his potential because he can't stay healthy.

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

they can cut on him all they want but you cant fix his head. every other game, he acts like he couldn't give a rip if he was playing or not. sloppy ball handling, flippant attitude, bottom line is he hurt the team as much as he helped.

BigOrangeVol writes:

in response to Florrible:

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If you look closely at that draft profile it was done in 2007.

No way John Edward ever sniffs The Show without buying a ticket or having Tayshaun comp him one! He'd be extremely lucky to get a look at the D-League, IBF, CBA, ULEB, PBL, PBA or FIBA!

Sorry but the NBA isn't looking for guys that can't put up 10 points a game, shoot 12.5% from the Arc, 61% from the Charity Stripe, with 4 caroms, 3 Assists and 1.5 Steals a game who couldn't guard Jeff Van Gundy off the dribble.

J.P.'s a great kid and thank goodness he's a good student too! The White Station Rec Leagues await.

TomPenn writes:

I'm absolutely disgusted by MOST of these comments. Good luck to JP with his surgery and recovery.

Myrsaad writes:

Prince is the most athletically gifted player on the team. He simply plays out of control at times. However, last season he was more in control than the year before which makes me think he'll be better next season as well. A few times he made very intelligent plays. Then he caps it off with a crazy bounce pass to no one. But he has the talent to score 40 with 10 assists if he ever gets it all together at the same time.

Best of luck to JP. We need him all the way there in order to compete as a top 10 team.

golfballs03 writes:

According to ESPN, Tyler Smith won't be back because he has hired an agent
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft20...

BigOrangeJeff writes:

in response to golfballs03:

According to ESPN, Tyler Smith won't be back because he has hired an agent
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft20...

I missed the part where it says Tyler Smith hired an agent. Here's the entire breakdown on Smith:

Tyler Smith, G/F, Tennessee
Smith is an athletic, versatile, talented swingman who has been a borderline first-round pick for the past two years. While his scoring averages were up this year, his rebounding numbers slipped and his shooting percentages plummeted. Smith's struggles to be the primary option at Tennessee had big ramifications on the court for Tennessee and the team lost in the first round of the tournament.

Smith was solid, scoring 21 points in that game, but it's doubtful he did enough to propel himself into the first round. Most likely he's a second-round pick

golfballs03 writes:

in response to BigOrangeJeff:

I missed the part where it says Tyler Smith hired an agent. Here's the entire breakdown on Smith:

Tyler Smith, G/F, Tennessee
Smith is an athletic, versatile, talented swingman who has been a borderline first-round pick for the past two years. While his scoring averages were up this year, his rebounding numbers slipped and his shooting percentages plummeted. Smith's struggles to be the primary option at Tennessee had big ramifications on the court for Tennessee and the team lost in the first round of the tournament.

Smith was solid, scoring 21 points in that game, but it's doubtful he did enough to propel himself into the first round. Most likely he's a second-round pick

Well, they don't explicitly say so, but they put stars next to every player who declared but hasn't hired an agent. There is no star next to Tyler's name.

golfballs03 writes:

in response to biggestutfan:

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I think there are 2 factors in going pro. 1. His son. 2. If Tyler waits another year, he will be 24 before he can even play a game. That puts him at a disadvantage to most of the guys surrounding him in his class. If he comes back he will be in the same senario as Sam Young from Pitt is this year. Young has a great year, and proved that he is an outstanding player. And if he were 19 he might be a lottery pick, but on the verge of being 24, he's a mid to late first rounder - no-less in a down year. I would love to see him come back, but I can understand why he would go.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

in response to Madkels:

Will it help his ability to shoot the trey?

He doesn't need to worry about shooting the trey; that's not his game! He is a quick leaper and is good around the basket penetrating between defenders! Those are the things that he should improve on. He looks like a train wreck when he shoots the three. And for that matter, Chism is too much in love with the trey, also. We need him to be strong under the basket where the percentages are higher and rebounds can be had. Let the guards and swingmen handle the threes and keep the forwards and centers near the basket. GO VOLS!!!

doubledeuce22Q writes:

Does anybody know the name of the song that was at the beginning of the basketball intro video this year. It was the first one with what sounded like trumpets playing and then it broke out into some bass beats? Any input will be much appreciated. Thanks.

doubledeuce22Q writes:

Chad Ford has posted from yesterday on his 'Who's in/who's out' board that Tyler Smith has commited to the NBA draft. It also does not have Tyler as one of the guys starred denoting that they have not hired an agent in order to keep elegibility. Does anybody know anything more, or is this just mis-information?

Orange4life writes:

it wouldn't matter that these kids lay there bodies and hearts all over the court, but we have all the "insiders" on this board that know what it's like to live in the orange jersey. JP plays hard and is asked to do alot of things, so what he don't score 30 per, he brings a well rounded game and with playing his position next year, should be better.

Leave the anylsis to BP, I think he knows whats up

golfballs03 writes:

in response to doubledeuce22Q:

Chad Ford has posted from yesterday on his 'Who's in/who's out' board that Tyler Smith has commited to the NBA draft. It also does not have Tyler as one of the guys starred denoting that they have not hired an agent in order to keep elegibility. Does anybody know anything more, or is this just mis-information?

Unless ESPN knows something that the Tennessee press doesn't, I think it's a mistake. If he had hired an agent, I'm sure we would know about it.

DC_Vol writes:

I have looked at several 2009 NBA Draft projections and everyone has Tyler Smith going somewhere early in the second round. I haven't heard he has hired an agent. Further, he would be foolish to committ this year, with one year of NCAA eligibility remaining, without being completely certain he is a first round draft pick. I believe he signs and a three year deal for a first round pick. If he is a second round pick he receives nothing and loses his last year of eligibility. Therefore, I believe he will be back for his senior year.

BigOrangeVol writes:

I hate to upset Floribile's delicate sensibilities but the fact remains that the link he gave was two years old!

First of all, I like J. P. and think that he is a fine young man but his court skills are simply lacking. He shows flashes of potential but that's about it.

If 10 ppg; being 12th on the team (last) in 3-point %; 6th on the team in FT %; 2nd in personal fouls and 3rd in ppg, TO's, Assists and Rebounds makes you NBA material then why aren't Dane, JaJuan, Scooter, Major, Crump and Higgins playing?

I was surprised to find out (in a rating that is only 10 days old) that in the Class of 2010 Bird is ranked #7 if he stays, J. P. is #38 and Weezy is ranked #47.
http://www.nbadraft.net/ranking/ncaa/...

Floribabble what's with the personal attack and anger? Get your diaper out of a bunch son!

"Delusional train wreck?" - I've tried to be rational and give statistics to back up my points without being emotional. Obviously we have differing opinions; big deal. Hey, I'd be happy for J. P. if he has a fantastic season and is a Lottery Pick! To this moment I just don't see any evidence that is going to happen.

"Diminished libido?" - My wife would beg to differ but the status of my libido should be private and really none of your concern whatsoever. You're scaring me boy!

"Please, continue to cut off young men at the knees under the veil of anonymity." - I didn't cut anyone off at the knees; I simply stated factual information and my personal opinion. I'll be happy to furnish you name, rank, serial number, home address, point-to-point map and phone number if you would care to pay a visit.

So your Lit prof has you reading 100 Years? I guess he felt like El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha was over your head huh? Personally I'll take Cervantes over Márquez any day! Like Quixote, you are deceiving yourself and should expect to be the recipient of derision while attempting chevalier whilst attacking your imaginary foes. As Quixote finally learns, so may you when you grow up, that just because you wish so hard for something to be true that is impossible - doesn't make it true nor will it ever come to fruition.

It's wonderful to be young and dream while you have the luxury but eventually you have to come to grips with reality and responsibility my friend. No matter what 100 Years tries to imply, reality is not subjective - only your perception of reality is subjective. Cherish your youth while you are able and keep tilting at those windmills while time allows! It's fun playing the "angry young man"; we all did.

BTW, I'd go back to your former screen name if I were you or maybe change it to José Arcadio II or Aureliano III.

askUncleMaze writes:

in response to MBEACHVOL:

I agree with longball, Prince looked for the highlight played matador defense and killed us with untimely turnovers.

I agree 100%.. But why does JP get so many min. per game.. Im sorry a guy like that should be on the BENCH...

Colliervol writes:

in response to BigOrangeVol:

I hate to upset Floribile's delicate sensibilities but the fact remains that the link he gave was two years old!

First of all, I like J. P. and think that he is a fine young man but his court skills are simply lacking. He shows flashes of potential but that's about it.

If 10 ppg; being 12th on the team (last) in 3-point %; 6th on the team in FT %; 2nd in personal fouls and 3rd in ppg, TO's, Assists and Rebounds makes you NBA material then why aren't Dane, JaJuan, Scooter, Major, Crump and Higgins playing?

I was surprised to find out (in a rating that is only 10 days old) that in the Class of 2010 Bird is ranked #7 if he stays, J. P. is #38 and Weezy is ranked #47.
http://www.nbadraft.net/ranking/ncaa/...

Floribabble what's with the personal attack and anger? Get your diaper out of a bunch son!

"Delusional train wreck?" - I've tried to be rational and give statistics to back up my points without being emotional. Obviously we have differing opinions; big deal. Hey, I'd be happy for J. P. if he has a fantastic season and is a Lottery Pick! To this moment I just don't see any evidence that is going to happen.

"Diminished libido?" - My wife would beg to differ but the status of my libido should be private and really none of your concern whatsoever. You're scaring me boy!

"Please, continue to cut off young men at the knees under the veil of anonymity." - I didn't cut anyone off at the knees; I simply stated factual information and my personal opinion. I'll be happy to furnish you name, rank, serial number, home address, point-to-point map and phone number if you would care to pay a visit.

So your Lit prof has you reading 100 Years? I guess he felt like El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha was over your head huh? Personally I'll take Cervantes over Márquez any day! Like Quixote, you are deceiving yourself and should expect to be the recipient of derision while attempting chevalier whilst attacking your imaginary foes. As Quixote finally learns, so may you when you grow up, that just because you wish so hard for something to be true that is impossible - doesn't make it true nor will it ever come to fruition.

It's wonderful to be young and dream while you have the luxury but eventually you have to come to grips with reality and responsibility my friend. No matter what 100 Years tries to imply, reality is not subjective - only your perception of reality is subjective. Cherish your youth while you are able and keep tilting at those windmills while time allows! It's fun playing the "angry young man"; we all did.

BTW, I'd go back to your former screen name if I were you or maybe change it to José Arcadio II or Aureliano III.

You know the old saying Big O. "Youth is wasted on the young." As you get older you finally figure out you really didn't know half of what you thought you knew.

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