6-9 center Fields says he has commited to Vols

John Fields on joining the University of Tennessee

Tennessee’s frontline will be getting a big boost this season with the immediate addition of UNC Wilmington transfer John Fields.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Fields has one year of eligibility remaining.

“I’ll get my scholarship papers (Friday) or Monday, and I’ll sign them,’’ said Fields, who attended Thursday night’s Pilot Rocky Top League championship game at Bearden High School. “I just felt it was right when I got to Knoxville today, saw the campus and these fans.

“I’ve been a fan of Tennessee for a long time and this is my chance to help them sustain their success. It’s a chance to win a championship.’’

Fields can transfer and be eligible immediately because he has graduated from school and is interested in a graduate degree that UNC Wilmington doesn’t offer.

He had already made visits to Xavier, Rutgers and Miami.

Fields, who set UNC Wilmington’s single-season record with 59 blocked shots and averaged 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds last season, played his first two seasons at East Carolina and sat out his first year at UNC Wilmington before playing last season.

Former UT coach Buzz Peterson recently took over at UNC Wilmington after the team went 9-22 last season.

The Vols were in dire need of another big man after losing starting post Wayne Chism. Returning senior Brian Williams is UT’s only true post; rising sophomore Kenny Hall has expressed the desire and shown the ability to also play power forward.

“Coach (Bruce) Pearl is a great coach, and he’s explained my role to me,’’ Fields said. “I’ll be in there to block shots, rebound and provide depth on the front line. I was interested as soon as I got a call from them.’’

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DaddyVol writes:

How many years eligibility will he have???

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to DaddyVol:

How many years eligibility will he have???

1 year

britt writes:

1 and done. sounds like ky. but glad to have another big man anyway

murrayvol writes:

Welcome to a posistion of need Mr. Fields.

Glad to have you with us.

douglasawilliams#582863 writes:

This is good news. With losing Chism and Prince the VOLS needed someone who could post up. Sounds like a very good player even if its only this season.

Ironcity writes:

Where did we get the scholarship?

GerryOP writes:

Welcome to Rocky Top John. Good choice.

If The Pearl wants 'em, he gets 'em.

nwcs writes:

in response to britt:

1 and done. sounds like ky. but glad to have another big man anyway

Except this is for grad school. Not scamming the school.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Where did we get the scholarship?

We had quite a few this year; I don't know exactly how many. But remember we were prepared to offer Josh Selby a scholarship? So I'm assuming, that's where it came from.

MaxPower writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Where did we get the scholarship?

We only had 12 on scholarship, so we had one spot open (13 is the limit). Steve Pearl is not on scholarship. Not sure about Josh Bone.

Sr: Goins, Williams, Bone, Fields, (not Pearl)
Jr: Hopson, Tatum, Woolridge
So: Maymon, Hall, McBee
Fr: Harris, McRae, Golden

Chris4Vols22 writes:

This is pretty great. Obviously an addition to a position we really need, and he has experience. I saw him up close at the RTL game and he's every bit of 6'9.

Speaking of RTL, awesome games tonight! Jordan McRae went off. He definitely had more than 40 pts and was playing some great D on Scotty. Those two were going at it all night, and I think they both played better since they were so competitive and at each other's throats. Hopefully this will give our team some motivation. GO VOLS!

veinsoforange writes:

"Pearls Priceless PASSION" is going to lead us straight to a National Championship or BUST!

Go Vols, Go CBP & Staff!!!!

newtonrail writes:

in response to MaxPower:

We only had 12 on scholarship, so we had one spot open (13 is the limit). Steve Pearl is not on scholarship. Not sure about Josh Bone.

Sr: Goins, Williams, Bone, Fields, (not Pearl)
Jr: Hopson, Tatum, Woolridge
So: Maymon, Hall, McBee
Fr: Harris, McRae, Golden

We came off APR probation of only 12 scholys we've been under for two years.

walt23tn writes:

HECK YEA! We can use him, I love it. Pearl stay forever...please! Dude's athletic too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZOtRJ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efEG-s...

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Welcome to Rocky Top John. Good choice.

If The Pearl wants 'em, he gets 'em.

what gerryop said with one exception.

57 - fear the pearl

zigvol writes:

I live in Wilmington this kid can play. Go Vols

Ironcity writes:

in response to newtonrail:

We came off APR probation of only 12 scholys we've been under for two years.

Thanks I wondered about that.

Ironcity writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Coach didn't want to take an inferior player and be saddled with him for 4 years. This gets us a player who can help us on defense and with the press and we can still go out and get the bigs next year that can take us to the top.

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Wow, stay classy there, Kitten. You're starting to sound like someone else pooped in your litterbox. We'll see if Coach Calamari can have another run like he did with a massive exodus of talent. I'm willing to bet UK is good, but not like they were last season.

brokebackvol writes:

I'm with Witchy on that "Heck Yeah!" Good news indeed!

VolByChoice writes:

A piece of the puzzle every final four team needs. Rebounding, shot blocking, depth, a few points, experience. Gotta love it. Way to go Bruce.

Volsfan2456 writes:

Big Man...need them. Gotta have them. GO VOLS!

eduardo writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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Why dont you go and post on catpause dude!!! This sure beats the heck out of buzzball and green jeans!!!

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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People have been seeing you for what you are for a long time.

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

Not a bad pickup. Some maturity and size, basically some fouls to give. I'll bet he plays tough D.

GerryOP writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Get back to us when UK signs some kids who actually attend classes.

GerryOP writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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Dang! BOK forgot to take his meds again.

mrvol2u writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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We don't use "pay-pal" to recruit like good old Coach Cowpie. Where did the great cream of the crop recruits get you to last year? Oh yeah, you exited the NCAA's before the UT leftovers.

Don't bring up the regular season because Coach Cowpie said he didn't care about that.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to wallandhiker:

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Respectfully disagree. We will have Harris, Hopson, Tatum, and Goins in the lineup. With that kind of offensive firepower elsewhere, scoring from the five spot is not a high priority, but defense and rebounding is a very high priority.

manoffewwords writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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Silly

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Agree. If we have a scholly to give out, might as well use it to get a bit more depth at the low post.

But I'm concerned that we are going to have a log-jam at the four if Hall moves there. We already have Harris and Maymon and possibly Woolridge to play the four. I see Hall staying at the five unless Harris moves down to the three. But then that creates a log jam of wing players. I'm sure Coach Pearl has a plan, I just can't figure it out yet.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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Not to ruin your fun, but Fields had to work to get open in those highlights. He wasn't ever just standing at one place getting the ball passed to him.

Also, averaging 10 points and breaking the blocking record at UNCW does tell us that he's capable of scoring, rebounding, blocking, and he's been playing NCAA ball for four years. Seems like a bigger help than you're giving him credit for.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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"...this guy would be #14 UNLESS ONE OF THEM COMES OFF!"

There are twelve scholarship players now, so this guy will be 13th, not 14th. (Steven Pearl is not on scholarship). Before you post such screeching, maybe you should take time to count, even if you have to use your fingers to do it, idiot.

Colliervol writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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Wrong as usual. (I will give you credit for being consistent though.) We have already seen you for what you really are so why are you still wasting our time? A non-UT fan and therefore, your opinion is irrelevant. Simple fact- Real UT fans trust BP and that's all you need to know. Now move along kid. Nobody cares.

Scholarships are rarely an issue and they generally always work out. (That's why some schools sign well over the 25 allotted football schollies some years.) What it tells me is that somebody on the team may not be back when the season starts. All this team needed was a bit more presence in the paint and it sounds like Fields can provide that this year to spell Williams. If you knew anything about basketball, you might realize that this is a good deal for all parties concerned. Except of course for the team you root for.

Colliervol writes:

And that's if there is even a question about the scholarship numbers. Some folks don't think we have a problem. I'm not going to worry about it till we see who is there for opening practice.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

John Fields: "I’ve been a fan of Tennessee for a long time "

Any questions??

mrvol2u writes:

Which Witch Doctor would a Witch Doctor Witch?

Go get him Witchy Witch_Doctor.

mrvol2u writes:

This young man looks like the kind of player that could help bring back the full court press. I like that. I hope he has big defensive presence inside and would it be asking too much if he could shoot free throws?

Just asking.

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to bigorangekoolaid:

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Come on man! Know your facts first..Negedu is gone and that freed up a scholarship since he was still on scholarship until he left to go to New Mexico. So NO ONE is getting screwed! It was a nice attempt at a rant nonetheless! Fields is getting Negedu's scholarship..

TnScooby writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Cat you normally stay classy, try to now....You have no clue what CBP had as a pecking order or even who was on his "list", and whether you know it or not, you would be one of the LAST trolls to have any inside info on CBP or the Vols...Stick to the calimari and worry about your own house...From REAL inside sources on the blueballs, you have enough to worry about without "trying" to "guess" what's goin' on in Knoxville...If you spent more time on "your" message boards you would know that...But isn't football season comin' up before basketball??....Oh yeah, y'all just skip that and look forward to the basketball season....Anyway, stick to your team and we'll stick to ours....Great pickup inside for the Big Orange and excited to watch this kid play!!!

mjmsaysgovols writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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long time reader and first time poster...this is a classic...awesome richrollin...lmao...good luck kitties

nicknack1 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Where did we get the scholarship?

We had 4 to give. We had Harris, McRae, and Golden and we were holding on to the last one to see if Selby would come here. So now we just got rid of the last one with Fields, and he will be a big help to us because Williams is the only true center

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