Goins enrolled at UT

Tennessee point guard Melvin Goins has arrived in Knoxville and enrolled.

"Melvin has orientation on Monday,'' UT coach Bruce Pearl said Friday. "Melvin is going to be fine in his adjustment.

"He's already been in college for a couple of years, so it's not quite the same transition for him that it is for a freshman.''

The 21-year-old comes to UT after winning Foothill Conference Player of the Year at Mount San Jacinto Junior College in California. The year before, at Ball State, he was named to Mid-America Conference All-Freshman team.

"Melvin brings us another level of toughness, and he'll definitely challenge Bobby (Maze) for the position,'' Pearl said. "There's no question our point guard play will improve this season because it's Bobby's second year, and Melvin has experience at the position.''

Pearl has split time between two point guards, as the Vols' uptempo style and pressing requires maximum effort at most all times.

"Melvin is really good in transition, and he loves to play defense,'' Pearl said of the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder.

Classes begin Wednesday and the Vols will have team meetings throughout the week.

"Our conditioning, training and individual workouts start at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, August 24,'' Pearl said. "We're excited about it.''

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Comments » 11

oldsmokey67 writes:

i don't care what anyone thinks of coach pearl.compared to what tennessee has had for coaches the last twenty five years he is fine with me.at least with pearl we make the big dance.like i have said in other post's kentucky and lsu is tennessee's biggest competition in the SEC.there will be 4-5 SEC teams in the big dance and tennessee will be one of them.Florida will be N.I.T bound for the third year in a row.I would rather play 1-2 games in the big dance than 4-5 in the N.I.T.

oldsmokey67 writes:

Morristown u are a bafoon.I'm glad you are a kentucky fan.Because kentucky will be the one's with the "GIANT" Bullseye on there backs now.And i have seen far worse Tennessee teams beat kentucky than the one Bruce Pearl will put on the court this year.

springtx_vol writes:

Let's see, CBP has done nothing at UT. Well, 3 SEC east titles, 8-1 against Florida, all-american recruit, finished ahead of KY four straight years, four (?) consecutive NCAA's, no really bad losses, first No. 1 ranking in history, and Kansas, Connecticut, and other big name schools playing home/home series with us.

Nope, you're right, he has done nothing.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

Let's see, CBP has done nothing at UT. Well, 3 SEC east titles, 8-1 against Florida, all-american recruit, finished ahead of KY four straight years, four (?) consecutive NCAA's, no really bad losses, first No. 1 ranking in history, and Kansas, Connecticut, and other big name schools playing home/home series with us.

Nope, you're right, he has done nothing.

Haha. MorristownVol, it seriously seems you can back up Bruce's success with facts and stats. You're not making much sense.

andy112382#209793 writes:

Don't worry about MorristownVOL, he/she has probably never seen a basketball game in their life, from the sounds of it, that is very likely since they have no idea how much better the BasketVols have been under Pearl.

cc623 writes:

It's pretty bad m-town that the Tarheel flamer makes better arguments than you do.If you don't like CBP then you might as well stay away from any Tennessee basketball site because he will be the coach for many years to come!

VOLorado writes:

dude lives in morristown...

the joke is on him.

reidtownriverrat writes:

Pearl may never win a national championship at UT and Rich Brooks may never win one at UK (football) but basketball at tn has never been as fun and proud as it has been in the last 4 years. How can anyone complain about what he has accomplished for the university.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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I was just wandering Morristown,If you hate Pearl and what he is doing so much,why do you even care or spend time posting about him.Why don't you go and take a flying leap and kiss a horse in the arse?Some actually think Pearl is doing a pretty good job.If you don't like the program,just leave and stop sticking your long nose in our pot of beans.

VOLFAN5307 writes:

How on god's green earth could anyone that has watched UT play in the past four years not realize that UT has improved under Coach Pearl? Ill tell you how, ignorance!! All these people who are saying that Pearl has done nothing are just trying to get us fired up or they got snubbed at a shirt signing or something. Having an intelligent argument is what Mtownvol is lacking so cease to engage in conversation with him and he will go away eventually. As for us True Orange fans we can look at this signing as an opportunity to get even more excited about what the Vols are gonna accomplish this season. Pearl will make it happen along with Tyler Smith, Wayne Chism, and Bobby Maze...3 guys who want it more than anything im sure

Bigger_Al writes:

Let's get it on!

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