Stellar point guard Goins says he's coming to UT

The Tennessee men’s basketball team needed more quickness and toughness on the perimeter this past season.

No one got that point better than Vols coach Bruce Pearl.

So UT went out and got a point. One of the best point guards in the junior college ranks, Melvin Goins of Mount San Jacinto, Calif., said Sunday that he has committed to UT.

Goins, 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, is an explosive penetrator who earned Foothill Conference Player of the Year honors last season.

Prior to junior college, Goins made the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team at Ball State and started 27 of 30 games.

“Coach Pearl likes to play the way I like to play,’’ Goins said. “Fast-paced, getting up and down the court and getting after it on the defensive end.’’

Goins is originally from San Diego, but he moved to the Houston area in high school and played AAU basketball in Texas.

UT fans need look no further than the Vols’ last opponent to find a player Goins’ style of play compares to — Oklahoma State’s Byron Eaton.

“I actually came up under Byron and played on the same AAU basketball team,’’ Goins said. “I learned a lot from him.’’

Goins said the weekend’s rains prevented him from getting the full Tennessee experience on his visit, but he saw enough to know that he liked Knoxville.

“I can tell it’s a great place,’’ said Goins, who attended UT’s spirited football practice Saturday. “People are really involved in the sports community.

“The main thing for me was Coach Pearl and his staff, and how involved they are in their players and how close everyone is.’’

Goins will compete with senior Bobby Maze at point guard this season, though it’s likely in Pearl’s nine- and 10-man rotation that both will see a lot of minutes.

Goins said he also considered Kentucky, Cincinnati, Nebraska and Marquette.

Kenny Hall, a power forward out of Stone Mountain, Ga., is a signee in this year’s UT class.

Goins said he plans to enroll in the first term of summer school in June, and he plans to play in the Pilot Rocky Top League.

“Coach Pearl was telling me about that, and I’m looking forward to it,’’ Goins said. “That was just the icing on the cake for me. I’m anxious to get involved.’’

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Wauconda_Vol writes:

Welcome aboard!

TommyJack writes:

Great!

Volnbama writes:

That's what i'm screaming!!

Waldorf writes:

Would much rather this had been, I don't know, a proven shooter like Seth Curry, but oh well.

Three point guards on the roster for next year? Has West already fallen out of the picture?

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Is Tabb gone?

MrBamSeydu writes:

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Tabb got booted??? When did this happen and why??? This is news to me.

Also I agree, it seemed like Bruce Pearl made us a half-court team this year... not Bobby Maze. We had way to many "set plays" and most of the time they either didn't work or the players went and did their own thing (for example, I'm pretty sure Wayne Chism being in our top 2 for 3Pt FG attempts was NOT due to play calling).

We need to realize UT basketball hasn't "made it" yet. All the players, I think, felt like they had "made it" by going to the Sweet 16 a few times. But we are still fighting to prove we're a top 25 program.... we're a LONG ways away from being a top 10 program.

I miss our scrappy defense and underdog attitude.

gmoneyvol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Hey Witch Doc... if I use "bones never lie", do I have to send you a royalty check? If so, how much?

smokyredbone writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Scotty Hopson

gmoneyvol writes:

UT needs all the help they can get at PG, which was a glaring weakness this year.

TommyJack writes:

What's this Tabb is gone bidness?

TommyJack writes:

"civil interloper" is an oxymoron. Ignore.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

Tabb got booted??? When did this happen and why??? This is news to me.

Also I agree, it seemed like Bruce Pearl made us a half-court team this year... not Bobby Maze. We had way to many "set plays" and most of the time they either didn't work or the players went and did their own thing (for example, I'm pretty sure Wayne Chism being in our top 2 for 3Pt FG attempts was NOT due to play calling).

We need to realize UT basketball hasn't "made it" yet. All the players, I think, felt like they had "made it" by going to the Sweet 16 a few times. But we are still fighting to prove we're a top 25 program.... we're a LONG ways away from being a top 10 program.

I miss our scrappy defense and underdog attitude.

i got faith in BP to bring in what it takes to address our deficiencies

watching the tourney alot, honestly dont think we could have beaten any of these teams in the last 16---we not there yet---all these teams can make shots from the perimeter which we cant and they can run a more planed offense while we seemingly too much adlib ---we'll get there under BP

Lean_and_Hungry writes:

Why get a JUCO? Because we have two strong point guards committed to the class of 2010--Josh Selby and Aaron Craft. Signing a HS PG a year ahead of those two would clog the roster a bit.

Volsfanstuckintx writes:

There is another JUCO guy out there that is one of the best sharp shooters I've ever seen in person. He commited to Kentucky last week but since Gillespie was canned he told me he is opening his recruitment up. He was a standout in high school in the dallas area, and played this season at Lon Moris. The kids name is Konner Tucker and he can flat out stroke it. Shot over 50% from the three this past season, and led the area in points his senior year in HS. Thats saying a bit when you have guys like Willie Warren that you played against.

Volsfanstuckintx writes:

http://texasroundball.yuku.com/topic/...

The kid averaged 27 pts, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists a game his senior year.

dvols writes:

what size head band does he wear?...

MidTennVol writes:

Hard to understand the urgency of getting a JC player for the 1 spot, a kid not even rated by Scout and Rivals -- unless there's some truth to the rumors about West and Tabb.

If true, Maze might be more in his element running the controlled chaos if this Goins guy can give some decent minutes.

If these rumors are baseless, then I just don't understand bringing in a nobody from JC at the 1 spot, when we would have Maze, West and Tabb there this fall -- which means BP must know something none of us know.

TommyJack writes:

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BB: If he can play, I can overlook.

utvolz#637682 writes:

Melvin,

Welcome to the Big Orange Nation! You won't regret your decision young man...

Frank in Manchester, TN.

cobbwebb writes:

dont be surprised to see maze at the two spot, that is if this kid can play!

DroopyDrawers writes:

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DroopyDrawers at two games CBP attended. One game McBee got 44 points. The man is a stud and tough for his weight.

cobbwebb writes:

droopy- i agree, would like pearl to take a chance on mcbee!

MrBamSeydu writes:

"Stellar Point Guard" uhhh you mean like Bobby Maze "stellar"?

Look, let's be honest with ourselves here.... any player that has to go JUCO is not stellar. Even if it's because of grades, I've never heard of this guy before. He originally committed to BALL STATE!!! And played there for a season.

STELLAR POINT GUARD = JOHN WALL

cobbwebb writes:

the reason coach pearl is not going hard after a high school point this year is, as someone posted earlier, we have two great guards coming in for 2011, plus you will have jalen steele of fulton, who is a very good player,and whom has been very well coached at fulton coming out! and if pearl offers steele, he will jump on it! i have heard this personally come out of the young mans mouth! a plus on steele is that jody wright preaches and instills defense in his players, so that understanding will already be there!

cobbwebb writes:

gator4life- i will humor you, you are on this site enough to know we need immediate help at the point! thats the reason for the juco route!

Ironcity writes:

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Its not what he planned to do but since we booted our starter (Smith) last year and lost an incoming guard (West) due toi academics this year, he really has no choice. Additionally we have a commitment from the number one point guard in 2010 along with a combo guard that sounds like a a good shooting Bradshaw. Coach Pearl wants to make sure the decks pretty clear for when these guys get here. By the way this is all speculation.

vol1994 writes:

in response to volsgatorbait:

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kns- please remove this post and ban this guy.

I do not come to this site as often as I did in the past due to immature interlopes posting comments that do not relate to the article.

I know the kid is only 10 years old but please.....

MillisaAnn writes:

Welcome Melvin!!!

DisorientedVol writes:

Is Goins better than Pickett? Go Vols!

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to Agent_Orange:

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West is still struggling academicly but nothing official yet. However, could be junior college bound. Go Vols!

gbeejr#1354500 writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

Tabb got booted??? When did this happen and why??? This is news to me.

Also I agree, it seemed like Bruce Pearl made us a half-court team this year... not Bobby Maze. We had way to many "set plays" and most of the time they either didn't work or the players went and did their own thing (for example, I'm pretty sure Wayne Chism being in our top 2 for 3Pt FG attempts was NOT due to play calling).

We need to realize UT basketball hasn't "made it" yet. All the players, I think, felt like they had "made it" by going to the Sweet 16 a few times. But we are still fighting to prove we're a top 25 program.... we're a LONG ways away from being a top 10 program.

I miss our scrappy defense and underdog attitude.

BP didn't make us a half-court team, the opposition did. The opposition would beat us back down court and get into a tight zone and we obliged them with a such a shower of scud missiles that it would have made the arabs proud. If we couldn't make them then these "set plays" was the option, only we did about as poor job of attacking a zone as you will ever want to see. As for Chism reguarly shooting 3's, that was partly a product of BP giving practically everyone on the team the green light to shoot 'em if you thought you would make 'em. Well, we know how that turned out.

KingVol writes:

Why are we not in in John Wall?

KingVol writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Would you rather have Wall or Selby?

GahLee writes:

Tyler thinks he is pro material, Tabb can't keep his nose clean, rumors of Tatum leaving...one thing is for sure, Bruce will once again have his hands full.

GahLee writes:

Do not like that assist to turnover ratio, not one bit.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Great!

Maybe this shoe will fit.

CoverOrange writes:

If West goes to junior college, he'll never set foot in TBA.

If Tabb is kicked out for whatever reason, what will that do to the APR and scholarship limits? Already hurting due to Crews and Ramar aren't we?

Seems like a roller coaster in recruiting. By the time the shorts get here the bigs will be graduating. Reverse of where we were last year.

VolFanNC writes:

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Gatorforlife, most are welcome as long as it is a discussion about sports and not name calling, etc...

Pearl is going after a PG, because he could not run his controlled chaos like he wanted to this year. Problem was on the defensive end, so he started switching to half court and zone and less full court.

Losing C. Loften was big as we didn't have the clutch shooter but he really didn't have a player like J. Smith this year and that is what he is really after. He wants to push the ball and pay full court with 9 guys in a rotation.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

With Goins, we should truly have a complete transition team, especially if Maze can develop into a SG. If some of you recall, Jajuan was a lot like Tatum his first two yrs. Explosive potential that didn't develop until late in his jr. year. Tatum has tremendous potential and he was only a redshirt fr.

We MUST get the fast break going next yr. I really think Negedu also has ability to play the 4 productively and maybe Hall is quick enough to rotate into the 4 for some backup.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Looked at the rivals 150 for 2010. Of the top 15 or 20 uncommitted players, many have listed UT in the favorites, including the #1 or #2 pick (a center). Interesting. where would we get the schollies?

Pullingguard writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Where did you get information that Tabb has been booted from team? Cannot find that...

txvolsfan writes:

in response to gator4life:

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It seems he is not happy with PG play and and that is the position that he keeps going juco on. We need consistency there and we haven't seen it yet.

murrayvol writes:

in response to dvols:

what size head band does he wear?...

Magnum.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

"Stellar Point Guard" uhhh you mean like Bobby Maze "stellar"?

Look, let's be honest with ourselves here.... any player that has to go JUCO is not stellar. Even if it's because of grades, I've never heard of this guy before. He originally committed to BALL STATE!!! And played there for a season.

STELLAR POINT GUARD = JOHN WALL

Larry Johnson from UNLV went juco. A lot of stellar players go to juco to get there grades up.
Obviously your a BIG basketball guy?

WestTennVol writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Looked at the rivals 150 for 2010. Of the top 15 or 20 uncommitted players, many have listed UT in the favorites, including the #1 or #2 pick (a center). Interesting. where would we get the schollies?

Maze, Prince, Chism, Tabb, Smith (if he stays), Cannington (not sure if he's scholarshiped though) all six will graduate next year, so six scholarship spots open up

VAvolfanRON writes:

just remember guys.....whoever is out on the hard boards......they are the best that we have.......unless you can get out there and do any better then suit up.....

opinions are good but don't degrade anyone our team.......be proud to be a VOL.....where's denmarkVol....lol

VAvolfanRON writes:

Curry wouldn't be great...i just can't believe that he is not going to Va Tech......mom..volleyball...dad awesome basketball........not to mention why stephon was overlooked there....

CoverOrange writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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He got more than he deserved. The impression was that CBP was playing him just so that he wouldn't transfer.

VAvolfanRON writes:

sorry....meant would've been great

UKblue02 writes:

Another plus for a juco player is they are usually good for 2 years, most top players that come in as freshmen are usually good for only one and it's off to the NBA.

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