Pearl looks to future

Team has momentum after Elite Eight berth in NCAAs, coach says

Don't get caught up in the numbers.

That's the message Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl takes forward after the Vols reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.

"I feel even more energy in and behind our program, and I think that it's a result of the quality of our play in St. Louis,'' Pearl said. "Not necessarily the Sweet 16, or Elite Eight; don't put a number on it.

"But the quality of basketball we played in the NCAA tournament, the way we shot, the way we defended and the way we played with intelligence and intensity demonstrated we are a top 20 program.''

Michigan State ended UT's season with a 70-69 win in the Midwest Regional final at the Edward Jones Dome, leaving the Vols with a 28-9 record.

It's the second-most number of single-season wins in the Vols' 101-year men's basketball history - the Vols won 31 games in 2007-08.

"This Tennessee team and my 1995 (Southern Indiana) national championship team played their best basketball at the end of the season,'' Pearl said. "They went about their business, they prepared, they focused, they were quietly confident, they acted like professionals, they handled success very well and they handled defeat really well.

"They represented Tennessee basketball and the university like they were supposed to.''

Pearl has quickly turned his attention to the future.

"We need to continue to show this is a place where individuals can realize their goals,'' Pearl said. "Ryan Childress and Wayne Chism are the only two guys that have come in and stayed with me four years, and they graduated.

"J.P. (Prince) came to us for 3 1/2 years and he graduated, too. Next year, Brian Williams and Steven Pearl will graduate, and that will make us 5-for-5.''

Pearl hopes to go 3-for-3 with departing senior Chism, Prince and Bobby Maze getting an opportunity in the NBA.

"We've got to get J.P. and Wayne in a position to be drafted, and it's big to get Bobby in Portsmouth (seniors pre-draft camp) next week," Pearl said. "My job is to put the guys in position to be successful, and several things took place as the season progressed to make that happen.

"J.P. and Wayne both find themselves on mock NBA Draft boards; Wayne was appearing during his senior year, and J.P. has appeared there after the tournament.''

Pearl said it's proof that the system works.

"It proves that when we as a team are a successful," Pearl said, "you as an individual will benefit far more than if you are successful but the team fails.''

Another evaluation: Pearl said junior center Brian Williams will be reviewed by the NBA Draft evaluation committee in addition to sophomore wing Scotty Hopson.

Hopson has left the door open for speculation on whether he'll return to UT, but he recently tweeted: "No more letdowns. That's a promise!!!"

Chism signs: Former UT forward Wayne Chism has signed on with Knoxville's Allegiant Athletic Agency (a3) for professional representation. Chism led the Vols with a 12.6 points per game scoring average and 7.2 rebounds per outing.

Chism will participate in the Portsmouth Invitational April 7-10 in Virginia.

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BubbaJ writes:

Watching McDonalds AA game, and Tobias Harris looks like the real deal. Very athletic, good ball handler, soft touch.

Just a note though, as far as ESPN is concerned, Tennessee is not on Josh Selby's list, 4 schools including UK were mentioned. Could be typical ESPN overlooking something UT. Hope, Bruce brings Selby in under the radar. Sounds like some who may have an inside look, think the Vols are still in the hunt. Either way, I also keep hearing just how good Tre Golden is. This class
is going to be sweet!

nola_vol writes:

Interesting to hear how a coach views progress and success for a top program. Thanks, Mike, for a glimpse into what it looks like from inside.

Sounds like CBP would rather recruit on the basis of "how" we got as far as we did, rather than simply how far we got. As a fan, I'd also rather watch intensity, defense, and intelligence develop over a season than gawk at the "skills" of some NBA-bound one-and-done-er.

james#216392 writes:

Good opportunity to get playing time at TN. Coach Cal (KY)is telling everyone here that five of his players are turning pro and he wants these McDonald guys to come in and immediately play. If he doesn't land a few of them (and he will some how/some way/ some ..... Otherwise KY is hurting next year with only Miller and Dobson returning.

The_Greater_Pumpkin writes:

We are lucky to have Coach Pearl here!

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

Still so proud of this team and their perseverance!!! GO VOLS!

joshvols writes:

We're not getting Selby. He is going to a nike school. LeBron's buddy was the one who got him to decommit at the nike camp. He's getting his palm greased by nike, and we're with adidas.

joshvols writes:

Wayne Chism has represented this university as well as any student athlete can. I wouldn't trade him for three Demarcus Cousins. He played with heart, and it seemed like everytime he went against a big name, he stepped up and outplayed them almost every time. Thanks for FOUR GREAT YEARS Wayne!

utfan15govols writes:

in response to joshvols:

We're not getting Selby. He is going to a nike school. LeBron's buddy was the one who got him to decommit at the nike camp. He's getting his palm greased by nike, and we're with adidas.

Well I am not sure about the shoe deal, because isn't Kansas on his list? Kansas is an adidas school. I would say that is where he (Selby)will end up is Kansas. Besides we don't need him. Sure he has talent, but he also has an attitude that far exceeds talents.

LiveFaith writes:

CBP is in recruiting mode. FYI. The announcer at the Burger Deal AA game later said that UT was "back in the hunt" for JS.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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It would be a good idea unless the "raptors" fly away with it.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

Raptors are birds.
Rafters support a roof in a building and are what you hang a number or banner on.

boogimn3 writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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Raptor is a small, carnivorous dinosaur (see Jurassic Park). We think you mean rafter, a supporting beam, usually found under a roof...

I would't try hanging anything from a raptor, even if I could find one, which, of course, is unlikely...

UTGreg42 writes:

CHISM IS THE NEW DANE BRADSHAW

MidTennVol writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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Does anyone believe anything on Wikipedia?

midnite__VOL writes:

Trae Golden won Ga Mr Basketball.

cloudodust writes:

'Chism signs: Former UT forward Wayne Chism...'

Former. Seems like only last week...

bryanvolsfan writes:

Boston College doesnt have the PAYROLL to pay Bruce Pearl the kind of money he makes here! Besides, his wife is from SEVIER CO, and his Tennessee roots are really deep now. Bruce is here as long as he is wanted, he gets whatever he wants, i.e. PRATT PAVILION and a remodeled TBA

82cat writes:

Scotty - seriously quit with the going pro talk and their is zero need for any draft ananlsis.

You are an average at best college basketball player.

Analysis- Heres some for you

cant put the ball on the floor consistently
poor jump shooter
weak hands - drops balls and loses rebounds
poor free throw shooter
pouts when things dont go his way
overall game - soft

There you go Scotty now get to the gym get to work make your goal to do whatever it takes to get UT a championship and all the rest will take care of itself.

starting 5 next year
goins - came on strong at the end
bone - very under rated
hopson - 3rd yr starter
williams - getting much tougher around the rim
???????

james#216392 writes:

in response to utfan15govols:

Well I am not sure about the shoe deal, because isn't Kansas on his list? Kansas is an adidas school. I would say that is where he (Selby)will end up is Kansas. Besides we don't need him. Sure he has talent, but he also has an attitude that far exceeds talents.

I believe this guy will end up at KY. Cal is high on him and he has the "resources" to get him. I am not going to define resources.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to 82cat:

Scotty - seriously quit with the going pro talk and their is zero need for any draft ananlsis.

You are an average at best college basketball player.

Analysis- Heres some for you

cant put the ball on the floor consistently
poor jump shooter
weak hands - drops balls and loses rebounds
poor free throw shooter
pouts when things dont go his way
overall game - soft

There you go Scotty now get to the gym get to work make your goal to do whatever it takes to get UT a championship and all the rest will take care of itself.

starting 5 next year
goins - came on strong at the end
bone - very under rated
hopson - 3rd yr starter
williams - getting much tougher around the rim
???????

What about this?

Goins, Hopson, Harris, Williams and Tatum.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to james#216392:

I believe this guy will end up at KY. Cal is high on him and he has the "resources" to get him. I am not going to define resources.

resources = World-Wide Wes.

CrankE writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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You can only trust about half of what's hung on Wikipedia's raptors.

junkdotcom#584327 writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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The Wikipedia entry has since been corrected. Calm down...he isn't going anywhere.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

What about this?

Goins, Hopson, Harris, Williams and Tatum.

B O N

Exactly the starting 5 I was thinking about.

jzt writes:

in response to UTGreg42:

CHISM IS THE NEW DANE BRADSHAW

Except that Wayne can really play and has a NBA future.

springtx_vol writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

B O N

Exactly the starting 5 I was thinking about.

I like Goins, Hopson, Harris, Hall, and Williams better.

Who knows anything about the transfer from Marquette? I think I remember that he is a wing player/small forward type. Maybe he and Harris compete for playing time.

Tatum and Hopson are interchangeable, Golden will backup Goins, Woolridge needs to elevate his game and get into the rotation on the back line. Pearl continue to play 10 or so minutes to irritate the opposing team and play good defense.

If our bigs can play, we will be okay next year. Williams needs help on the boards and Hall/Woolridge need to work on scoring.

northernvavol writes:

Finally, after about 4-5 days of mourning and really feeling like hell because of UT's loss to Mich State, the pain is starting to subside and some of the pride I knew was coming is starting to surface. I haven't been as proud of a group of guys wearing Orange as I have this edition of Men's hoops since the 98 Nat'l Champs. Wayne and JP grabbed most of the headlines but damn did this team come together! They represented better than so many other, more talented squads that played with way too much of a sense of entitlement. We can only hope that next year's squad comes to work in October in shape and ready to get back to work with the same passion and fire this team has/had!

537081 writes:

Thanks for the hard work, for the hard work, for the hard work. Bruce with the hardships you and the team have endured this year, and the way you and the team have keep working and playing thrue it well IT MAKES ME PROUD TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL.

volsunited writes:

From what i have seen of tobias harris he can play the 3 as well as the 4 he has the handles of a guard,runs the floor and can shoot the 3! He would be matchup hell at his size at the 3. Maymon is more of a power foward bull type of player a little undersized but strong. Really looking forward to seeing these new guys in orange. Selby is a long shot i believe, But if he doesnt come here i want him to go to a team we play next year so goins can shut him down!

GerryOP writes:

When Bruce Pearl arrived in K'town 5 years ago, he promised he would build a program worthy of the national stage. He has done that.

The next step? Elite status!

In Bruce We trust...

Pompey writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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You are spot on.....I can not think of a coach in any sport at UT that was consistently better or had more potential. The sky is the limit.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Hopson and Williams in the NBA; PLEASE!!!! The funny thing about college BB players is that they don't realize how small NBA rosters are..It's not like the NFL where a good but not great player can find his way on a practice squad at the very least..The NBA is the cream of the crop!!!!Chism as good as he is might make the cut..Prince and Maze may as well pack their bags for Turkey or Spain now.. As far as next year goes anything is possible;It will be interesting to see how Maymon fits in and Harris looks like he's ready to contribute right away..At least one of the 2 new guards may due the same..McRae and Golden both are deadly shooters and if we had a consistent 3 point shooter against Michigan State we would have won easily by 10..Only down side for next year is Bruce shows little interest in recruiting a true center which could only help..Williams can't do it alone

CoverOrange writes:

I believe the reason UT made the E8 in March was because of the emphasis Pearl placed on defense back in October. It may have cost some in offense but it was the difference from the first four teams.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Hopson and Williams in the NBA; PLEASE!!!! The funny thing about college BB players is that they don't realize how small NBA rosters are..It's not like the NFL where a good but not great player can find his way on a practice squad at the very least..The NBA is the cream of the crop!!!!Chism as good as he is might make the cut..Prince and Maze may as well pack their bags for Turkey or Spain now.. As far as next year goes anything is possible;It will be interesting to see how Maymon fits in and Harris looks like he's ready to contribute right away..At least one of the 2 new guards may due the same..McRae and Golden both are deadly shooters and if we had a consistent 3 point shooter against Michigan State we would have won easily by 10..Only down side for next year is Bruce shows little interest in recruiting a true center which could only help..Williams can't do it alone

CBP has tried for 5 years to entice a true center and a true PG to come to UT. The best he could do was to pluck a couple of PG transfers out of junior colleges.

CBP's first four years was run and press. Few big men want to, much less can, run that much, thus they shy away. Major Wingate would have been something if Bruce had been able to slap the weed out of his hand that first year.

And I wouldn't be surprised if Prince made the NBA. I think he has a better chance than Wayne.

txsvol#372416 writes:

There was a story about CBP going to Boston College as basketball coach to replace Al Skinner. Check out www.nesn.com/2010/03/no-chance-bruce-pearl-will-leave-tennessee-to-replace-Al-Skinner-at-bc-html. (This caption says it all, but I had noted an earlier story where the disclaimer was not a part of the posting.) CBP's new Tennessee wife would get very cold during New England winters! He's a lot like Les Miles was a few years ago, when Michigan contacted him about Michigan football coaching. As an alum, he was willing to help the Wolverines find a coach (look at how that 'help' turned out!), but he wasn't about to leave an LSU team poised to win a National Championship! IMO, it's a sad commentary on the pitiable state of knowledge of posters on this site, who don't know the difference between 'raptors' and 'rafters.' Surely it was either a typo or something typed in haste, right? Go Vols! SAVol

txsvol#372416 writes:

Forgot to make another point: Wikipedia can be amended by almost anyone, but the genius of the system is that another poster who recognizes an error can change the entry. Thus, the self-correcting mechanism generally makes wikipedia more accurate than the Encyclopedia Britannica! SAVol

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to utfan15govols:

Well I am not sure about the shoe deal, because isn't Kansas on his list? Kansas is an adidas school. I would say that is where he (Selby)will end up is Kansas. Besides we don't need him. Sure he has talent, but he also has an attitude that far exceeds talents.

It was only one game, but he looked like a hot dog on the floor in the McDonalds game last night.

doverton#635371 (Inactive) writes:

Someone please tell me if we have anyone signed or committed for next year besides Harris? Please?

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

What about this?

Goins, Hopson, Harris, Williams and Tatum.

That's the five I was thinking about, too. Tatum at the two, Hopson at the three, Harris at the four, and Williams at the five. But after last night watching Harris, I was thinking he would be better than Hopson at the three. And if Maymon is good enough to play the four with his big body..........who knows how it will play out. I definitely want Tatum in at the two, because he would be difficult for an opposing two to defend with his inside/outside game. Of course, he needs to improve his defense to claim a starter spot, I think.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Pearl = fail!

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to doverton#635371:

Someone please tell me if we have anyone signed or committed for next year besides Harris? Please?

We have a shooting guard named Jordan McRae and a point guard named Trae Golden. Both are signed. We also have a transfer in from Marquette who is in effect a red shirt freshman named Jeronne Maymon, a power forward.

You can get this information on tennessee.scout.com

doverton#635371 (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

We have a shooting guard named Jordan McRae and a point guard named Trae Golden. Both are signed. We also have a transfer in from Marquette who is in effect a red shirt freshman named Jeronne Maymon, a power forward.

You can get this information on tennessee.scout.com

Thanks for the info !! Go Vols !!

1vavolfan writes:

in response to BubbaJ:

Watching McDonalds AA game, and Tobias Harris looks like the real deal. Very athletic, good ball handler, soft touch.

Just a note though, as far as ESPN is concerned, Tennessee is not on Josh Selby's list, 4 schools including UK were mentioned. Could be typical ESPN overlooking something UT. Hope, Bruce brings Selby in under the radar. Sounds like some who may have an inside look, think the Vols are still in the hunt. Either way, I also keep hearing just how good Tre Golden is. This class
is going to be sweet!

I dont think Selby will happen, but Jay Williams said on the telecast last night that Tennessee is back in the picture.He was there all week talking to the recruits and seems to have a pretty good feel for what is going on.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

GO WILDCATS!!

1vavolfan writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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Dude, don't get your history from wikipedia. You can put anything on there without any proof.As any recent college student would know, wikipedia is banned from using as a resource for any research because of its siting.

volonthehill writes:

in response to junkdotcom#584327:

The Wikipedia entry has since been corrected. Calm down...he isn't going anywhere.

There is an awful lot of activity on his page ... you should read the history.

VOLsince68 writes:

in response to utfan15govols:

Well I am not sure about the shoe deal, because isn't Kansas on his list? Kansas is an adidas school. I would say that is where he (Selby)will end up is Kansas. Besides we don't need him. Sure he has talent, but he also has an attitude that far exceeds talents.

I have to agree with you. I've been excited for some time now over the opportunity of Selby potentially coming to the hill. After watching him on TV the last few days, I'm not sure we need his personality here. I'm not saying that I wouldn't cheer for him and be behind him 100% if he chose the Vols, but I am just worried that he is a showboat and more about himself than ANY team. JMHO FWIW.

GO VOLS!!!!

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

GO WILDCATS!!

Go Gators!

VolsToTheWall writes:

There is no way to describe how hard I just laughed when I read that Scotty left the door open to speculation on whether he'd return to UT. All I can say is I had to change my underwear....I never thought I could dislike anyone more than J.P, but since he started to actually play like he should, Scotty filled that role perfectly.

VolsToTheWall writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

Go Gators!

Go Taliban!

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