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.''