Some Tennessee basketball fans have yet to hear about Jeronne Maymon, and those who have aren't exactly sure what to expect from the transfer from Marquette.
"That's OK,'' Maymon said. "The ones who come out to the (Pilot) Rocky Top League will find out.''
The summer league that begins at Bearden High School in June will be the first competitive look at the freshman transfer.
Maymon is just now getting settled on campus after enrolling in January.
"I've got people in my classes that ask me if I'm that transfer from Marquette,'' Maymon said, "so it's not like I'm a complete mystery guy.''
Maymon said people shouldn't be misled by his size.
"I'm faster than I look like I would be,'' said Maymon, who after spending this season on the UT scout team, is finally going shoulder to shoulder with other returning front line players Brian Williams, Kenny Hall, Steven Pearl and Renaldo Woolridge. "I've got good hands, too.''
Maymon's teammates know it; he drew high praise from departing senior Wayne Chism, who he most often matched up with in practice.
"Jeronne is like a stocky version of Tyler (Smith),'' Chism said. "He gets to the rack quick an finishes strong, and he never gives up on a play.''
Maymon was a two-time Wisconsin Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year at his Madison high school, leading it to three state-title games before signing with the Golden Eagles as a forward in the Class of 2009.
"That changed; Marquette had a different idea of the role I was going to play for them, moving me to post,'' Maymon said. "I consider myself pretty versatile and coachable, but they weren't going to change their minds.
"I felt boxed in, going block to block, and I wasn't getting my hands on the ball that much.''
Don't get the wrong idea - Maymon likes to score as much as anyone, but he also likes to pass.
"I'm a slasher, and I like to create for my teammates,'' Maymon said. "That's one of the reasons I like Tennessee is Coach (Bruce) Pearl's system with his threes and fours.''
The Vols recruited Maymon before he signed with Marquette, but he said he had his list of final schools chiseled down to Southern Cal and Iowa State when UT came calling.
The second time around, however, Maymon knew Tennessee was an option, along with Kansas State and Xavier.
McDonald's All-American and 2010 signee Tobias Harris aided Tennessee's cause; he's a good friend of Maymon's from their AAU days.
"I had played against Tobias at a tournament in Arkansas, and I put up 41 on them,'' Maymon said. "Tobias' dad, Torrel, got to be friends with my dad and I went and played summer league in New York with them.''
Maymon and Harris will be roommates when Harris arrives for the second term of summer school, the better to work out together.
"I love coming to the gym, and so does Tobias,'' Maymon said. "We're already talking about how we're going to work things out.''
Maymon has been known to frequent Pratt Pavilion to practice as early as 1:30 in the morning.
"There's been a couple weekends when I was just sitting around my place, and I just got the urge,'' said Maymon, who commonly spends two hours shooting. "The ball just feels so good coming off my hand.''
Maymon is trying to extend his shooting range beyond the 3-point arc, working with UT coaches to adjust his shot.
The individual workouts he's going through now on Tuesdays and Thursdays are mostly reserved for him to improve his inside game against the Vols' big men.
"He's going to make some noise on the team,'' said Hall, a freshman. "He brings a strong presence, he can finish around the basket and he's tough.
"His physicality made a difference for us when he was working on the scout team.''
Maymon said he grew close to Hall after arriving, as he had played basketball against him at a Florida AAU tournament and it was comforting to see a familiar face.
"When I got here, it wasn't all about trying to get all buddy-buddy with the guys,'' Maymon said. "They were in the middle of the season, and I knew the best way to earn their respect was just to go hard every day and give my best.''
Maymon plans to bring the same approach to the Knoxville summer league.
When hearing that teammate Scotty Hopson had suggested himself as the top pick in the Pilot Rocky Top League draft, Maymon replied with a laugh, "We're going to see.''