Last Sunday against Kansas, Skylar McBee earned his spot in the Tennessee Basketball Walk-On Ring of Honor.
All it took was a couple of seconds to make a crossover-dribble and swish a leaning 3-pointer.
On Saturday against Ole Miss, Josh Bone earned his spot in the Tennessee Basketball Walk-on Ring of Honor.
It took a little longer and required a little more energy. Like 14 gut-checking minutes worth.
For sure, Tennessee doesn't pull out a 71-69 overtime win over the Rebels without some offense from Bone. He hit two of UT's biggest baskets.
His 3-pointer capped a 15-2 run and gave UT its first lead, 55-54. In overtime he broke a 61-61 tie with another trey.
But, more importantly, Tennessee doesn't win without his defense.
The Rebels' Chris Warren hit a 3-pointer to give Ole Miss its biggest lead, 54-42, with 9:18 to play. Warren is the complete offensive package, cat-quick and a dead-eye from long range.
He'll never forget Josh Bone.
Warren didn't score another point, going 0-for-6 and giving up two turnovers in the final 14:18.
One of the misses was a 3-pointer to win at the end of regulation with Bone in his face.
UT's starting point guard, Bobby Maze, is the reigning SEC player of the week and he justified the honor in wins over Kansas and then Auburn on Thursday night.
But it was Bone, the walk-on who just became eligible last month, who closed out the week with those 14 shut-down minutes against Ole Miss.
"Josh was playing great defense,'' UT coach Bruce Pearl said. "That's the only reason he was out there.
"It was not a punishment on Bobby. Bobby played so well against Auburn and he just didn't have any legs. You could see it from the beginning. He couldn't keep Warren in front of him.''
A couple of weeks ago, Pearl would have turned to Melvin Goins to try to defuse Warren. But Goins has been suspended since the Jan. 1 incident that led to Tyler Smith being dismissed from the team.
Enter Bone, one of the three walk-ons thrust into UT's depleted rotation.
He walked on at Tennessee at mid-term last season after a stellar high school career at Brentwood Academy and then two years as a scholarship player at Southern Illinois.
He was a starter as a sophomore at SIU, a good program in a tough league, the Missouri Valley Conference.
"It wasn't a really a bad situation,'' Bone said Saturday, "I knew it just wasn't a correct fit.
"But I'm glad they taught me how to play D. They stressed defense all the time. That's what I look to bring to the table.''
At 6-foot-3, Bone offers a defensive dimension the 5-11 Goins does not.
"Melvin,'' said Pearl, "can apply great ball pressure. Josh built a wall and you couldn't get around him.
"Warren couldn't turn the corner on him.''
Bone had several mid-major scholarship offers when he left SIU. Some big schools, namely Oklahoma State and Xavier, asked him to walk on.
But when UT called, it was over. He was headed to Knoxville, which is where he wanted to be in the first place.
Pearl had seen Bone once, scouting a high school game in Jackson, Tenn: Bolivar Central with Wayne Chism and Willie Kemp against Brentwood Academy with Brandan Wright and Bone.
Pearl got Chism. Wright went to North Carolina and Kemp to Memphis. Bone, the runner-up to Wright as Class AA Mr. Basketball, went off to SIU.
"Willie Kemp couldn't score on Josh Bone,'' Pearl recalled. "I thought, 'Who is this guy? Maybe I made a mistake.'
"We're glad he's here now.''
Better late than never, Bone figures, and he feels a sense of urgency to make the most of his belated opportunity.
Friday night, the Harlem Globetrotters played at Thomson-Boling Arena. After the last trick shot, crowd filed out. Bone filed in.
All by his lonesome, with only the clean-up crew for an audience, he worked on his shooting rhythm, bothered that his 3-point shot hadn't been falling. It fell twice against the Rebels.
Of course, being alone, he couldn't work on defense. Then again, he didn't need to. It was already there.
Mike Strange may be reached at email@example.com.