Paradise Jam field has Pearl jamming

Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl and the Vols looks forward to a trip to the Caribbean in November.

That sort of anticipation is why UT accepted an invitation to play in The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournament Nov. 20-23.

"Playing in this type of tournament early on gets the guys ready sooner,'' Pearl said. "If your first big game isn't until December or January, preseason workouts aren't as exciting.

"Looking at this field, our guys will get going from the minute they step on campus in the fall.''

Big Ten tournament champion Purdue and Atlantic Coast Conference spoiler Boston College highlight the eight-team field along with the Vols.

"You saw what Purdue did in the Big Ten tournament, and Boston College beat North Carolina,'' Pearl said. "Last year we almost won a couple of tournaments in Florida, so it would be nice to get to the title game and win this one.''

The Vols beat Siena and Georgetown before falling to Gonzaga in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., last November. In the SEC tournament in Tampa, UT beat Alabama and Auburn before falling to Mississippi State in the title game.

The tournament pairings announced Friday have Tennessee's run for the Paradise Jam trophy will begin against East Carolina on Nov. 20.

Other first-round games include Northern Iowa playing DePaul, Boston College battling Saint Joseph's and South Dakota State against Purdue.

The Vols' non-conference schedule next year still is under construction, but it already includes December games at Southern Cal and Memphis in addition to contests with Middle Tennessee State, East Tennessee State and UNC Asheville.

Kansas will play at UT in January.

East Carolina, a member of Conference USA, was 13-17 last season. The Vols have met the Pirates twice in the schools' history, winning 89-71 in 1978, and scoring a 93-58 win in 1991.

At least four of the Paradise Jam games will be televised nationally by Fox Sports.

Fans interested in purchasing travel packages to accompany the Vols to the Paradise Jam can call 865- 974-9066.

Award Winners: UT athletic director Mike Hamilton and former player Tony Harris (1998-2001) were among the more interesting of the award winners at the annual banquet Thursday night at the Knoxville Marriott.

Hamilton won the inaugural Tennessee Volunteer Award, presented by Pearl to the individual who makes a special and unique contribution to the program.

Harris, who was not in attendance, received recognition from team academic advisor Kelly Brock for recently being awarded a Chancellor's Most Improved honor from the university.

Sophomore Brian Williams won the award for most improvement, freshmen Scotty Hopson and Renaldo Woolridge won the Team Before Self award, and junior Wayne Chism won the Strength award for his work in the weight room.

Freshman Emmanuel Negedu and senior walk-on Tanner Wild won the award for courage, while Tyler Smith was honored with the Coach's Award.

Pearl also presented the practice squad - Josh Bone, Quinn Cannington, Daren Chand ler, Ryan Childress, Michael Hubert, Justin Jackson, Steven Pearl, Tyler Rosenbaum and Wild - with the Coach's Award.

Hubert also won the award for highest GPA, and Hopson and Negedu were recognized with the Best Academic Effort Award.

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Comments » 15

spacificislander writes:

Lets win a tourney. Go Vols. 1st

pms151 writes:

BP gives an "award" to his boss? Here in Texas that's called 'butt kissin'. I would have called it something else if the KNS morality cops hadn't stopped me. No matte, I guess if I had a boss who gave me a raise after a season like that I would be kissing something too.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to pms151:

BP gives an "award" to his boss? Here in Texas that's called 'butt kissin'. I would have called it something else if the KNS morality cops hadn't stopped me. No matte, I guess if I had a boss who gave me a raise after a season like that I would be kissing something too.

If it were not for CBP"A season like that" would be a major acheivement!!! Thank You, Coach Pearl for making a season like that a disappointment!!!

globadoc writes:

Very nice to award Tony Harris for getting his degree in December after a few years away from the university. Nice job, staff!

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

With a little more than three weeks left in the spring signing period, the 2009 recruiting season still has plenty of intrigue. The most riveting news at the moment involves Renardo Sidney, who has not signed with USC and may now be looking to sign elsewhere. Anyone think we can get this guy, looks good moves good for a big man and good mid range.
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KCHS63 writes:

in response to TarHeelsRule:

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Gosh, Carolina fans getting like Kentucky fans: making yourself big by putting others down. Must be something in that blue water you both drink. Be careful, bro, that swill comes out of the toilet!

Slystone writes:

What everyone should be looking to see is how improved defensively will the Vols be this fall. If there is one glaring weakness this team had outside of perimeter quickness,shooting and point guard play it was defense. The team chemistry was much different last season compared to a season before. However the team had new talent so perhaps it will jell over the summer.

pms151 writes:

in response to txvolsfan:

If it were not for CBP"A season like that" would be a major acheivement!!! Thank You, Coach Pearl for making a season like that a disappointment!!!

But you forget my Texas neighbor that the team was his first all BP team and they need to play up to his reputation, not down to the competition like they did all year. By the way being a UTK grad and living here in Houston ain't that bad no matter what some folks on this thread might say. (there is only one UT and it ain't in Austin)

Slystone writes:

Here's and interesting piece on Adonis Thomas, 2011 standout from Memphis Melrose.

http://memphisroar.com/2009/05/memphi...

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

in response to GREATVOLSAFIRE:

With a little more than three weeks left in the spring signing period, the 2009 recruiting season still has plenty of intrigue. The most riveting news at the moment involves Renardo Sidney, who has not signed with USC and may now be looking to sign elsewhere. Anyone think we can get this guy, looks good moves good for a big man and good mid range.
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He already signed with Missisippi State

oldvolsfan writes:

in response to TarHeelsRule:

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losser get off of this site and go to the tarheel site that is if you can find it and if you wi9ll never be at a ut game shut the ---- up

tennezz writes:

in response to TarHeelsRule:

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You need to change that to TarHeelsFool!

rustyfourqbtn writes:

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1st where do you live?

2nd nobody does less with more than Roy. He has had the most talent in the country 10 times in his career and managed to win only 2 titles.

3rd why are you on a UT site?

4th if you live close to me would you please meet me in person to discuss the vols and pearl?

Colliervol writes:

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He's 10. Don't even bother.

Colliervol writes:

in response to GREATVOLSAFIRE:

With a little more than three weeks left in the spring signing period, the 2009 recruiting season still has plenty of intrigue. The most riveting news at the moment involves Renardo Sidney, who has not signed with USC and may now be looking to sign elsewhere. Anyone think we can get this guy, looks good moves good for a big man and good mid range.
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And he has more baggage than a Samsonite store. Where he goes, the NCAA will follow.

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