Jeronne Maymon had a nice, anonymous first day of classes at the University of Tennessee on Friday.
"I introduced myself to some cool classmates,'' Maymon said. "They didn't know I was a basketball player.''
Maymon, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward, will need to wait another year before he makes a name for himself on the basketball court in Knoxville after transferring from Marquette. The NCAA requires he sit out one season, but he'll be allowed to practice with the team as soon as Thursday.
UT coach Bruce Pearl is confident Maymon will have an opportunity to become a household name among Vols fans in due time.
"We're very excited Jeron is on our team,'' Pearl said, issuing his first public comments on Maymon, the No. 46 player in the Rivals.com 150 Class of 2009. "He brings a level of toughness and physicality that we need, and he can score inside and out.''
Maymon is a walk-on in status only; he's expect to be put on scholarship when the Vols have one available.
UT loses senior forwards Wayne Chism and J.P. Prince after this season, and the athletic scholarships of Tyler Smith and Emmanuel Negedu also will be freed up.
"I feel like I fit in good with the style of play here, and I've really bought into what Coach Pearl says,'' said Maymon, who led Madison Memorial High School to a state championship his senior year and was a two-time Wisconsin state player of the year. "Coach Pearl has my best interests at heart.''
The Vols will be adding the No. 1-ranked power forward in the Class of 2010 next season, too, in Tobias Harris.
Maymon and Harris are well-acquainted having played together in a tournament in New York last summer.
"We both do the same type of stuff, but I'm more of a slasher,'' said Maymon, who stays in contact with Harris.
Harris texted: "He can play many positions and rebound well; he'll fit in great.''