Former Marquette player Maymon enrolls at UT

The Tennessee men's basketball program has picked up another big walk-on who could easily end up on scholarship.

Jeronne Maymon, a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder who began his freshman season at Marquette in the fall, was scheduled to arrive in Knoxville on Wednesday and enroll in classes today to complete his transfer, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

He played in nine games this season, averaging four points and 4.2 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game.

Maymon, ranked as the No. 47 player in the Rivals.com 150 (Class of 2009), won't be eligible to play for the Vols until mid-December of the 2010-11 season.

The Vols have done well with walk-ons and mid-term transfers under UT coach Bruce Pearl.

Senior wing J.P. Prince was a mid-term transfer from Arizona, and walk-on shooting guard Skylar McBee is expected to receive a scholarship after his crucial contributions this season. Josh Bone, a combo-guard who transferred from Southern Illinois last season, has played a key role of late and could also ultimately be awarded a scholarship.

Maymon appears to be a sure thing, provided his transition goes smoothly and he's prepared to work hard in the class room and on the court for Pearl.

Marquette was not a good fit for Maymon's style, according to his father.

“He's not being used the way he needs to be used, so we're moving on,'' Tim Maymon, Jeronne's father, told The Wisconsin State Journal.

Maymon is expected to play forward for the Vols, who will be in desperate need of interior scoring next season with the departure of senior Wayne Chism.

Maymon isn't a center, but his skills enable him to score in a variety of ways, be it posting up or slashing to the basket.

UT's 2010 signing class includes Tobias Harris, the No. 1-ranked power forward in the nation according to Rivals, but Harris is more of a point-forward with an ability to distribute the ball as well as score inside-out.

The Vols had been courting other power forward options to accompany Harris in the Class of 2010.

Maymon, 18, led Madison Memorial High School to a 26-1 record and Wisconsin's WIAA State Title his senior year before signing with the Golden Eagles.

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tlallman writes:

Bring on the walk-ons. Maybe we can find a walk-on football coach.

LEXKYVOLS writes:

Bruce can coach both basketball and football! Did you ever think you would see the day when no one wanted to coach at UT - basketball yes (pre Bruce Pearl) but football no way!

johnlg00 writes:

Uh-oh, I think this is the guy whose FATHER was quoted as being unhappy with the way his kid was being used. Not sure we need a "court father"--cf., "stage mother"--jogging CBP's elbow but if CBP is OK with it I guess we can wait to see how it turns out.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Uh-oh, I think this is the guy whose FATHER was quoted as being unhappy with the way his kid was being used. Not sure we need a "court father"--cf., "stage mother"--jogging CBP's elbow but if CBP is OK with it I guess we can wait to see how it turns out.

Yeah, that worries me a bit too. Never a good sign when Daddy gets involved.

Which reminds me...I wonder how good ol' superstar Mitch Mustain out at USC will take to [name withheld]? Think he'll have a legitimate shot at becoming USC's go-to punter on crucial 4th downs???

the58vol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Uh-oh, I think this is the guy whose FATHER was quoted as being unhappy with the way his kid was being used. Not sure we need a "court father"--cf., "stage mother"--jogging CBP's elbow but if CBP is OK with it I guess we can wait to see how it turns out.

I believe CBP will tell his ol man to shove it or pack his bag and move on to another school..CBP seems pretty intolerant of any kind of interference.. Remember Duke Crews and the "other Smith"..

GBO

murrayvol writes:

This guy should fit into Pearls system very well. We're lucky to get him. He'll fill the slot CBP had for Negedu before he was sidelined....I hope.

VOLsince68 writes:

in response to MidTennVol:

Yeah, that worries me a bit too. Never a good sign when Daddy gets involved.

Which reminds me...I wonder how good ol' superstar Mitch Mustain out at USC will take to [name withheld]? Think he'll have a legitimate shot at becoming USC's go-to punter on crucial 4th downs???

I thnk Mustain is in the Pros.

SummittsCourt writes:

Can Bruce coach football too?

mytrifecta writes:

Why does nearly every post on here mention the football program? We have a basketball program and a damn good one at that. Please support it exclusive of the FB program.

Go big Orange Basketball!

Lrobby99 writes:

You people have no idea the can of worms just opened in VolNation. I only hope Bruce Pearl knows what he is doing. Jeronne is okay but his father is certifiable. The quotes from this guy are unreal. Marquette didn't let his son be the star (in 10 whole games) and now will lose the rest of the schedule. MU beat G-town just fine w/o Maymon. Congrats, VolNation, you now have a new player, a new coach, a new critic, and the lead hoverparent in the nation.

Fryinpansvols writes:

Way to go Bruce for landing this kid! We still have a special season ahead of us. We got off on the right foot with an opening SEC win over Auburn tonight! Bobby Maze was aMAZEing! GBO!

bobbytodd writes:

in response to mytrifecta:

Why does nearly every post on here mention the football program? We have a basketball program and a damn good one at that. Please support it exclusive of the FB program.

Go big Orange Basketball!

Good post. If KNS puts up something that isn't considered new then they get jumped on but people post the same message over and over. There are half a dozen messages about Pearl coaching football. It wasn't much of a joke the first time and if people want to steal someones material they need to take it to a different site. Typing the same thing right under the original person who said it doesn't make it your joke.

LiveFaith writes:

Good post. If KNS puts up something that isn't considered new then they get jumped on but people post the same message over and over. There are half a dozen messages about Pearl coaching football. It wasn't much of a joke the first time and if people want to steal someones material they need to take it to a different site. Typing the same thing right under the original person who said it doesn't make it your joke.

VolsArenum1 writes:

Hopefully a good fit Sounds like a kid with talent and potential No parental interference please

roloyo writes:

Good post. If KNS puts up something that isn't considered new then they get jumped on but people post the same message over and over. There are half a dozen messages about Pearl coaching football. It wasn't much of a joke the first time and if people want to steal someones material they need to take it to a different site. Typing the same thing right under the original person who said it doesn't make it your joke.
.

clvolfan writes:

Why is the screener allowing all these "f's" on this site? Don't believe most readers are interested just as we are not interested in hearing them.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

we don't need another "daddy" telling Pearl how to coach. I hope Skyler gets a scholarship soon - he deserves one. Great game tonight Vols!! Did anyone think Chism was hot-doggin' in the second half? Wish he would quit that garbage.

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

Following Tobias Harris on Twitter, he's hyped about this kid. May just be a really good get.

coldcountry writes:

This guy is a crash and burn player, if his father keeps meddling in his career. Go to the Wisconsin State Journal or the Journal Sentinel Online to get a background on this kid. His dad's a banana, and Bo Ryan wouldn't touch him out of high school -- don't you wonder why?

coldcountry writes:

I wish you all luck with Jeronne Maymon coming to UT. You are going to need it. You are also getting a father who acts as his "agent". Do a little background into this guy and I think you'll see why he was available.

marcusb writes:

yeah, I go to the high school that rivals his high school, his dad is absolutly crazy...i'm sorry. he's good don't get me wrong, but he'll be a head case

Colliervol writes:

in response to LEXKYVOLS:

Bruce can coach both basketball and football! Did you ever think you would see the day when no one wanted to coach at UT - basketball yes (pre Bruce Pearl) but football no way!

Lex, there are a lot of football coaches who don't want or can't hack the challenge of coaching football in the SEC. Why in the world would a coach turn down all the money, infrastructure and support that UT offers? One word---fear. Fear of having to go head up every day with the Sabans and Meyers of the world. Much easier to hang out in the Mountain West or WAC, play nobody and win 10 games a year. The only reason Meyer did it is because Florida is an easy gig. As noted before, a trained monkey could win 9 games a year at Florida with the talent they have in that state.

veinsoforange writes:

Good post. If KNS puts up something that isn't considered new then they get jumped on but people post the same message over and over. There are half a dozen messages about Pearl coaching football. It wasn't much of a joke the first time and if people want to steal someones material they need to take it to a different site. Typing the same thing right under the original person who said it doesn't make it your joke.

veinsoforange writes:

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

veinsoforange writes:

On a serious note, I agree with trifecta.

Let's get our heads out of the gutter, the media mania, and get behind the magic of the basketball program.

Bruce Pearl has/is creating one of the top men's basketball programs in the country. Also, yes it was a mutual vision between MH and CBP as to what could be created/rejuvinated on Rocky Top.

Let's face it, right now our football program is a laughing stock for much of the country. I don't like it any more than the next guy but it's true. Agree or not, Kiffin WOULD HAVE re-established us as a dominant football powerhouse. We all knew he was not staying forever (much less the entire staff), it was just a matter of time. Pete Carroll's departure to the NFL was just bad timing for us.

If we could have gotten at least 2 more years out of Kif, we would have had the foundation of players that would have invited almost any incoming coach. Instead, we really have nothing to offer immediately other than facilities and some tradition. Who (ex. Muchamp) wants to come in here and get their rear end beat Saturday after Saturday for years until the program rebuilds.

We needed a gamble (someone like Kif) that would/had the balls to stand up to the other powerhouses in the SEC Dynasty! We & MH just got unlucky. phooey happens.

We gotta move on, support whomever we get as our new coach, and concentrate our efforts/attention on our increasingly improving basketball Vols and all the CBP successes!

kyvol98 writes:

If Bruce wants him, then I am good with it. I trust Bruce. For those that continue to say he can't coach (game time), I thought he made an excellent adjustment last night to stop Auburn's offense. That is called coaching

mocsandvolsfan writes:

We don't seem to need the "depth" this year.

I don't see anything wrong with a father supporting his kid. Let's hope he does just that. Sounds like a good find!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to veinsoforange:

Good post. If KNS puts up something that isn't considered new then they get jumped on but people post the same message over and over. There are half a dozen messages about Pearl coaching football. It wasn't much of a joke the first time and if people want to steal someones material they need to take it to a different site. Typing the same thing right under the original person who said it doesn't make it your joke.

I don't think a lot of people read the comments...so maybe in a way it is their joke.

VolunteerLifer writes:

From other reports, it sounded like the kid and his father were upset that Marquette was using him stricktly as a post-up player. This article implies he would play the high post, similar to Tyler Smith. but then this article says that Harris is being brought in to play the "point forward" role, which I thought was Smith's role too. So I'm confused. Is one of them a 4 and the other a three? or are they both 4's?

newtonrail writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

we don't need another "daddy" telling Pearl how to coach. I hope Skyler gets a scholarship soon - he deserves one. Great game tonight Vols!! Did anyone think Chism was hot-doggin' in the second half? Wish he would quit that garbage.

Skylar will get a scholarship. This has more to do with numbers in my opinion. We only have 3 signees and really need point guard, if Pearl can re-change Selby or another one's mind. We had to have 5, if this guy counts on next years class. If we have all of the New Year's Three back, plus other other underclassmen, we are short of 12 that APR has us stuck at. Hoping this guy can count against this year's class. If Hopson were to leave, which doesn't look real to me, we will only have 11 Scholarship players.

Lrobby99 writes:

What I see here is a lot of blind confidence. Good luck with that. Maymon is coming to TN because no other high rated programs would touch this radiocative kid. TN and Arkansas beeing the exceptions.

texaswarrior74 writes:

Marquette alum here....don't be celebrating this one.....his father is a head case....complained his kid was not being used properly which was due to injuries leaving the team short of post players. He also believed his kid was a one and done and MU was keeping him from achieving his "dreams" for his son.....

Bo Ryan AND Tom Crean wouldn't touch him because of his father, Tim, but the new MU coach decided to give him a shot.

Inside story says that the father made such a scene at a MU practice the day after the Wisconsin game that both he and son were told to leave the gym then the son was dismissed from the team BECAUSE of the father......the kid is the victim here, he really didn't want to leave but the school and the program couldn't deal with dad any more.

The day before at the Wisconsin game, dad is shouting the F word and giving the finger to Wisconsin fans in the Kohl Center (UW's home facility)......a MU asst tried to talk to him and get him to settle down....this was after he showed up at the box office demanding something like 12 or more tickets (NCAA rules only allot 4) for his entourage and making an enormous profanity laced scene that supposedly drove the woman in will call to tears.

Take a look at the blogs from December on muscoop.com before getting too excited about this one.

I wish the kid well but unless he can keep dad far away.....

Volunatic writes:

Welcome to Tennessee, Jeronne!
Study hard and listen to what the coaches tell you, and you will do well.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

This guy should fit into Pearls system very well. We're lucky to get him. He'll fill the slot CBP had for Negedu before he was sidelined....I hope.

Not sure about that. Even though the guy is said to be 250lbs, he prefers to play on the perimeter. For that matter, so does Tobias Harris. I hope it works out, but I see possible chemistry problems. If there is a replacement for Negedu, it will be Kenny Hall--not as strong, but better offensively.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to texaswarrior74:

Marquette alum here....don't be celebrating this one.....his father is a head case....complained his kid was not being used properly which was due to injuries leaving the team short of post players. He also believed his kid was a one and done and MU was keeping him from achieving his "dreams" for his son.....

Bo Ryan AND Tom Crean wouldn't touch him because of his father, Tim, but the new MU coach decided to give him a shot.

Inside story says that the father made such a scene at a MU practice the day after the Wisconsin game that both he and son were told to leave the gym then the son was dismissed from the team BECAUSE of the father......the kid is the victim here, he really didn't want to leave but the school and the program couldn't deal with dad any more.

The day before at the Wisconsin game, dad is shouting the F word and giving the finger to Wisconsin fans in the Kohl Center (UW's home facility)......a MU asst tried to talk to him and get him to settle down....this was after he showed up at the box office demanding something like 12 or more tickets (NCAA rules only allot 4) for his entourage and making an enormous profanity laced scene that supposedly drove the woman in will call to tears.

Take a look at the blogs from December on muscoop.com before getting too excited about this one.

I wish the kid well but unless he can keep dad far away.....

Several other MU fans were on here back in the fall when this guy first came up on our radar. They all said pretty much what you are saying, minus the gory details. I worried at the time that there had to be a catch if the kid was really "all that" as a player. Any father worthy of the name has to be concerned about his kid, but clearly there are matters of degree and this guy seems to be way over the line in that regard. Thanks for the warning! Hope our program doesn't suffer for ignoring your heads-up!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Better tell his dad now that this kid is only here to back up Harris and Hall; unless he grows 3 inches by december

madness writes:

Good luck. That's all I can say. This kid is a cancer and I can not believe Pearl is this stupid. Buzz Williams decided to take the gamble on this kid, and all the baggage, and it back fired horribly. What is Pearl thinking. He has enough problems to deal with...it is beyond me why he would go out of his way to invite more problems! Seriously, keep this post in mind - I doubt Jeronne will make it to the first official practice. This situation will self distruct well in advance of that!

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