Watson headlines Rocky Top roster

The Pilot Rocky Top League is ready for its annual summertime return to standing-room-only crowds at Bearden High School.

Andre Whitehead, the commissioner of the six-team, non-profit regional basketball league, said fans can expect more of what they've seen from the league in its first two years.

Last year, more than 100 fans were turned away at the free admission event on its final night of competition as a result of a fire code limiting attendance.

"I don't think we really need to make any changes to the league,'' Whitehead said. "We'll continue to try to give the fans a show and give them access to the players.

"It will stay a fun event.''

And it will include an active NBA player for the first time, as former UT guard C.J. Watson of the Golden State Warriors will participate.

Former UT player Chris Lofton, back from Turkey, said he also expects to play.

"I'm going to try when I can,'' said Lofton, who has a workout with the Memphis Grizzlies next weekend. "I'm pretty sure the first part of the season.''

UT's team is expected to be well-represented, though forward Tyler Smith's status remains uncertain.

Smith has made himself eligible for the June 25 NBA draft and has until June 15 to remove his name from consideration.

Ironically, June 15 is the first night of league games, which will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays through July 1, with playoffs on July 2.

J.P. Prince, who is still recovering from April shoulder surgery, will also be out.

Whitehead said four players from Chattanooga - including Georgetown transfer Omar Wattad - will also be on the draft board next week.

"We'll hold the draft at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ray's ESG,'' Whitehead said. "We'll return five of our six sponsors, with Choice Spine being the new team.

The other teams are sponsored by the Knoxville News Sentinel, First Tennessee, Ray's, the HT Group and Richardson Construction.

An HT Group team led by Smith and former East Tennessee State guard Courtney Pigram capped a perfect season with a title-game win over Ray's, which featured then-future Vols Scotty Hopson and Bobby Maze.

Renaldo Woolridge and Emmanuel Negedu of UT will make their league debuts, as will signee Kenny Hall.

Whitehead said he's not yet certain about the status of UT point guard Melvin Goins, a junior college signee.

Goins, like Woolridge and Negedu last year, might not come to UT until the second term of summer school.

The league will feature its share of high school stars as well, with Fulton's Jalen Steele, Webb's Dwight Tarwater and Lenoir City's Tyler Hood among the rising seniors.

Carter's Lester Wilson and Brandon Lopez - formerly of Austin-East, now headed for the Christ School in Arden, N.C., - are playing in the league and will be juniors this year.

C.J. Black, who finished his UT playing career 10 years ago, joins a group of "old-timer" Vols in the league that includes Damon Johnson, Jon Higgins, Ron Slay and Dane Bradshaw.

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BasketVols writes:

Go BasketVols!

dvols writes:

let the hype begin....

im just sayin

gmoneyvol writes:

Money!!!

BasketVols writes:

Is there any way anyone can tape these games and post them on the interweb?

I've got a great business idea for a Vol with a video camera. Start a web page, throw some Google Adsense on there, upload the Rocky Top games on that muther and post the link on 3 or 4 GVX, VolNation, and CBS Sportsline articles or message threads after every game. That is free money...

Hell, make it a subscription site. I'll pay to watch the games!

oldcatcher writes:

Lester Wilson is the real deal!

Basketball_Jones writes:

This league does not help our team. Its gre a for fans who want to watch some pickup games but this league is about no defense and alot of scoring. Last year I blamed alot of our defensive woes to the RTL. You learn to play tough D by doing it. These kids are spending alot of their summer not playing it.

Go back to team pick up games not this phooey

give_him_6 writes:

Bottom!!!!

Wayfarer writes:

in response to Basketball_Jones:

This league does not help our team. Its gre a for fans who want to watch some pickup games but this league is about no defense and alot of scoring. Last year I blamed alot of our defensive woes to the RTL. You learn to play tough D by doing it. These kids are spending alot of their summer not playing it.

Go back to team pick up games not this phooey

I do agree with you somewhat. I felt like current players got into some bad habits in RTL that they found hard to break. I would love to see the RTL find more of a balance between defense and offense. It would help not only UT's current players but the high schoolers as well. I will they would hold the games at a larger more centrally located gym that has more seating. If the court flooring could be located, why not use the Civil Coliseum? I know it's been decades but the KIL tournment was held there in the past. As long as the games are out west I won't be able to attend but I'll continue to follow the stories here on the KNS website.

eb502us#225637 writes:

I lost some respect for this league after Tatum dominated last year then rarely showed up once the season started.

If they played any defense, then it might project how some of these players play. Otherwise, it's all hype.

LiveFaith writes:

in response to Basketball_Jones:

This league does not help our team. Its gre a for fans who want to watch some pickup games but this league is about no defense and alot of scoring. Last year I blamed alot of our defensive woes to the RTL. You learn to play tough D by doing it. These kids are spending alot of their summer not playing it.

Go back to team pick up games not this phooey

Are you talking about the same RTL that Jujuan, Lofton, & company played in? Those strong defensive teams that went to two straight Sweet 16s and acheived a #1 ranking?

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Any defensive minded role players in the league?

kiffownsfla writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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Why not give bob knight a call would you approve of him lol? GO VOLS MIX ONE!!

Bigger_Al writes:

Rocky Top League - Pure genius on the part of Coach Pearl and the sponsors to increase the hype of UT Hoops. Four straight NCAA berths and counting, and now we're in the Top 5 nationally in attendance.

Can't wait to see Kenny Hall play!

Letting high school stars play? Brilliant!

ClayMolder (Inactive) writes:

CJ WATSOn? really? wow. gets my heart rate up thinking it. couple years back it was jalen rose.

CleverUserNameVol writes:

After those years under Peterson, when students were wearing bags on their heads at games, you would think people would be grateful to have BP around. I know I am. For a few years I got to turn the tables on my football fan friends and talk about how much better the basketball team was. I hope that's not the case this year and both the football and basketball teams have a great year. This is the first year I've actually been interested to see what happens at Neyland Stadium.

rclarkfork#639958 writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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Every time you post, you show your ignorance of basketball. You are really ate up with yourself but anyone who knows basketball is well aware that you spew nothing but garbage. Sad that you spend so much of your life putting down UT sports. You obviously are a lonely man.

CleverUserNameVol writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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*YAWN* Are you playing "Let's see how many times I can submit the same post in a different way"?

txvolsfan writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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Just like UNC is happy being a below average football team!!

Basketball just gets us by till football season!!!

CleverUserNameVol writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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I never said I was clever. The name is supposed to be ironic. I wouldn't expect a NC fan to understand that. Anyway, you are really boring me. By the way, how's that "rooting for UT football" been going for you the past few years?

BasketVols writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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Troll!

BasketVols writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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Fairweather momma's boy POS!

BasketVols writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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Tell your fat girlfriend I said aaggrrhhhhrgggrrhhh. I'm in Chi-town this weekend, so I won't get the chance to throw up in my mouth at her this weekend like I did at Calhoun's...

oldvolsfan writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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numnutstarheelrulz stupid

SmokyMTNVol writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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I would love to see Gillispie on the Vols bench next year. He is a good coach and from everything I have heard he is a disciplinarian and we all know last years team ran the club, not Pearl.

murrayvol writes:

I have a suggestion. Abandon this thread and let Thurdheadrulz talk to himself.

That should be illuminating.

CleverUserNameVol writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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I truly hope someone rips that hat off of your head and pees on it. Why are you on this website anyway? Isn't there a NC website that you can go on and talk about what a good kisser you think Tyler Hansbrough is?

Irwin_Linker writes:

Tarheels rule has never even been to chapel hill. He is a fairweather fan who just roots for whoever is winning at the moment. 200 dollars says he is a knoxville yokel currently working on his GED. Either that or a 12 year old.

CleverUserNameVol writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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English must be your second language. Go upstairs and ask your mom to explain to you what the word "you" means.

CleverUserNameVol writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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Good Lord! Insult us all you want, but for cryin' out loud, switch it up a little. It's not any fun if you just keep saying the exact same thing over and over again. I'm so bored I'm going to have to go check out the football news. You had your chance to be my enemy, but you didn't bring any ammunition to the battle of wits. You are now on permanent "ignore", thanks for trying.

BasketVols writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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I think somebody needs to drink his Metamucil and take a nap, 'cause that old POS is getting tuckered and irritable. At your age, you really shouldn't get so worked up about things. Nighty night, gramps. Your time has passed. Go change your colostomy bag and go to bed. Your wrinkled-like- a-raisin wife is waiting for in the sack. Woo Hoo!

BasketVols writes:

in response to VolDog25:

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You got it, Pearl troll!

GreyhairedVol writes:

in response to CleverUserNameVol:

Good Lord! Insult us all you want, but for cryin' out loud, switch it up a little. It's not any fun if you just keep saying the exact same thing over and over again. I'm so bored I'm going to have to go check out the football news. You had your chance to be my enemy, but you didn't bring any ammunition to the battle of wits. You are now on permanent "ignore", thanks for trying.

How old are you kid? I just lost someone very close to me with colon cancer. Your attempt to be funny actually shows how immature you are.
I really hope you dont have to face anything like this. Then maybe you will realize that this is just a sports forum.

GreyhairedVol writes:

in response to BasketVols:

I think somebody needs to drink his Metamucil and take a nap, 'cause that old POS is getting tuckered and irritable. At your age, you really shouldn't get so worked up about things. Nighty night, gramps. Your time has passed. Go change your colostomy bag and go to bed. Your wrinkled-like- a-raisin wife is waiting for in the sack. Woo Hoo!

Sorry, previous post was aimed at this ignorant moron.

BasketVols writes:

in response to GreyhairedVol:

Sorry, previous post was aimed at this ignorant moron.

Might wanna check those reading glasses...

I'm just sick of you and your idiot boyfriends, like TarHeelsTool, MorristownNotAVol, and NotAVolDog25 slamming Pearl on every article. So, idiot MorristownNotAVol started in again with me, and I put him in his place. You guys all say we should be real men and stick up for ourselves, to not avoid the trolls, meet 'em head on. And that's what I'm doing; taking on the trolls; you and the "Pearl Trolls". You're just like the "Elite" that you make fun of, only you don't root for Tennessee, you just bash Pearl in your little group. You're always on the same articles and you act like a gang of Rascal Scooter riding thugs that just hate, hate, hate. So, maybe you're really more like gatorz and DC.

And what did what I say to MoNoVol that had anything to do with cancer? You really are a little drama queen, aren't you?

You should know better, old man...

Does that answer your question, idiot?

BasketVols writes:

in response to VolDog25:

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I'll get right on that Old POS Troll!

GreyhairedVol writes:

in response to BasketVols:

Might wanna check those reading glasses...

I'm just sick of you and your idiot boyfriends, like TarHeelsTool, MorristownNotAVol, and NotAVolDog25 slamming Pearl on every article. So, idiot MorristownNotAVol started in again with me, and I put him in his place. You guys all say we should be real men and stick up for ourselves, to not avoid the trolls, meet 'em head on. And that's what I'm doing; taking on the trolls; you and the "Pearl Trolls". You're just like the "Elite" that you make fun of, only you don't root for Tennessee, you just bash Pearl in your little group. You're always on the same articles and you act like a gang of Rascal Scooter riding thugs that just hate, hate, hate. So, maybe you're really more like gatorz and DC.

And what did what I say to MoNoVol that had anything to do with cancer? You really are a little drama queen, aren't you?

You should know better, old man...

Does that answer your question, idiot?

You are a piece of shiot and it is obvious that you were not raised by educated people. I feel sorry for you, I really do. Your personal attacks show how miserable your life is. Lol Sad little piece of shiot.
Saturday night and on a chat board lol. How Miserable is that? lol! it must really suck to be you!
Well this old man better get some sleep. Good night Mr. Inbred.

GreyhairedVol writes:

in response to BasketVols:

I'll get right on that Old POS Troll!

Voldog 25

Remember you are no longer allowed to be a vol fan if you don't worship the ground Pearl walks on. How sad is that.
Pearl has become a father figure to so some of these inbreds. Very, very sad.
Good night!

VOLKING writes:

in response to TarHeelRulz:

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Please...tell us where you are going to be and what time...you know, showing off your championship hat. Me and a few of my friends would like to see that hat and have a discussion with you about your comments on this board. No smart remarks either. Just tell me where we can find you. I really want a look at the hat. It's easy to be brave on a blog....isn't it.

kiffownsfla writes:

Go vols!

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to rclarkfork#639958:

Every time you post, you show your ignorance of basketball. You are really ate up with yourself but anyone who knows basketball is well aware that you spew nothing but garbage. Sad that you spend so much of your life putting down UT sports. You obviously are a lonely man.

He's a teenage troll without a summer job.

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to GreyhairedVol:

You are a piece of shiot and it is obvious that you were not raised by educated people. I feel sorry for you, I really do. Your personal attacks show how miserable your life is. Lol Sad little piece of shiot.
Saturday night and on a chat board lol. How Miserable is that? lol! it must really suck to be you!
Well this old man better get some sleep. Good night Mr. Inbred.

Did you remember to take your Viagra?

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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When does your shift at Wendy's start?

GreyhairedVol writes:

in response to gmoneyvol:

Did you remember to take your Viagra?

I appreciate your interest Gmoney but I am as straight as an arrow. Good luck to you. I hope you meet the right guy.

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to GreyhairedVol:

I appreciate your interest Gmoney but I am as straight as an arrow. Good luck to you. I hope you meet the right guy.

Nice try at a comeback. Mine was still funnier.

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to A_VOICE_OF_REASON:

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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to GreyhairedVol:

I appreciate your interest Gmoney but I am as straight as an arrow. Good luck to you. I hope you meet the right guy.

Fishsticks for dinner tonight at the home?

GreyhairedVol writes:

in response to gmoneyvol:

Fishsticks for dinner tonight at the home?

No thanks! I really am straight. Maybe one of the other gentlemen on here would like to have fishsticks with you. Good luck though.

SmokyMTNVol writes:

in response to gmoneyvol:

Nice try at a comeback. Mine was still funnier.

Actually the old guy was much funnier.
Try and find some new material.

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