The Tennessee men's basketball team will have another coach's son suiting up this season.
Tyler Summitt played in the Pilot Rocky Top Summer League at Bearden High School in June, hustling and playing defense in the minutes he was granted.
The 6-foot guard's interest in coaching led to his decision to walk-on with the Vols despite the likelihood he will see very little playing time.
Pat Summitt said it was all Tyler's idea and decision.
"I wasn't going to say 'No,' because it's what he wants to do, and he's looking at coaching one day, so we set up a meeting with Coach Pearl, and Tyler did all of the talking,'' Pat Summitt said. "I did tell Bruce not to feel any obligation to take him or play him or give him any breaks.
"And I've told Tyler it is going to be a real challenge. I told him they are going to boo him some at home, and if he travels, they'll boo him on the road. He's going to need some thick skin. If nothing else, he'll grow from this.''
Pearl says that's what the college experience is all about.
"I've got scholarship players, non-scholarship players, managers, graduate assistants . . . a lot of people are involved in our program for a lot of reasons,'' Pearl said. "Tyler Summitt wants to coach, and he's already accomplished a lot for himself on the court and in the classroom. He was a self-made player at Webb (School of Knoxville), who improved to become a successful high school player.
"This next step will require him to step-up physically, and what he lacks in size he'll have to make up for in toughness, quickness and determination and help us in practice.''
Pearl said he expects Summitt will be able to learn the system and turn it into a positive experience.
"And if a little bit of that Summitt basketball knowledge rubs off on me,'' he said, "that will be another good thing.''
Tyler Summitt spent last season as a practice player for Tennessee's women's team, traveling with the squad on all road trips.
He graduated cum laude from Webb School in 2009, where he was a three-year starter and three-year captain playing point guard. Summitt won Webb's "Spartan Award" as a senior and also was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Summitt played this summer with ligament damage in his left hand that has yet to completely heal, but he's determined to get through the Vols' individual workouts when they begin in August.
Numbers Game: Senior point guard Melvin Goins is changing from 21 to No. 2, while the incoming transfers and freshmen also have made their jersey number selections.
UNC Wilmington transfer John Fields will wear 25, Marquette transfer Jeronne Maymon will wear 34. Summitt will don 14. Incoming freshman Jordan McRae will wear 1, with fellow freshmen Trae Golden picking 11 and Tobias Harris choosing 12.
The returning players and their numbers: Scotty Hopson (32), Skyler McBee (13), Josh Bone (24), Cameron Tatum (23), Michael Hubert (10) Brian Williams (33), Renaldo Woolridge (0), Kenny Hall (20) and Steven Pearl (22).
Recruiting Note: Jarnell Stokes, a 6-foot-8 post from Memphis' Central High School, is one of UT's top recruiting targets in the Class of 2012. He is playing in AAU tournaments in Augusta, Ga., this week with the Alabama Celtics and the Memphis Y 16-under teams.
Stokes, who starred with the Atlanta Celtics 16-under team last week in Indianapolis, is expected to re-join the Atlanta club at AAU nationals in Las Vegas this month.