Adonis Thomas' 'gut feeling' was to pick Memphis

Tennessee’s search for a front-line player continues after Adonis Thomas announced Thursday that he’ll stay home for college and play for Memphis.

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Thomas, the top-rated high school basketball player from the state of Tennessee in the Class of 2011, was considering UT, Florida, Arkansas and UCLA.

Thomas’ visit to UT couldn’t have been timed much worse. He arrived on campus hours after the Vols held a Sept. 10 press conference to address their NCAA letter of inquiry and announce self-imposed sanctions.

Memphis was considered the leader for Thomas’ services from the onset, and he said as much at a press conference at Melrose High School.

“My gut feeling was staying home at Memphis,’’ Thomas said. “I’d prayed about it.’’

Whatever chance the Vols had were affected by the ongoing NCAA investigation.

“It was just the uncertainty about the program that I didn’t want to involve myself with that in my recruitment,’’ Thomas said on ESPNU. “... I didn’t want to jeopardize my college career.’’

Thomas is ranked as the Class of 2011’s ninth overall player by ESPN. He averaged 19.3 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.3 blocks and 3.7 steals last season.

Thomas helped Team USA win the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship in Germany in July. UT coach Bruce Pearl attended.

UT is already in on another top-flight Memphis player: Jarnell Stokes, a 6-9, 245-pounder from Memphis Central is ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2012.

Stokes came to UT on an unofficial visit last weekend.

“The visit went good,’’ Stokes said. “I’d say Tennessee is in my top three. That’s how high I am on them.’’

Stokes said he was surprised to hear Thomas announce for Memphis.

“I didn’t think he’d go to Memphis,’’ Stokes said. “I thought he was leaning toward Tennessee.’’

Stokes said he’s not overly concerned about the NCAA investigation at UT.

“It should be cleared up by the time I get to college,’’ he said. “So it’s no big deal.’’

UT has two verbal commitments in the Class of 2011, Kevin Ware of Rockdale County, in Conyers, Ga., and Chris Jones who attends Oak Ridge Military Academy.

Both players are guards and are expected to sign in November.

But with current UT posts Brian Williams and John Fields both being seniors, and 6-7 junior Scotty Hopson considering turning pro after this season, the Vols are in need of front-line support.

The Vols’ recruiting efforts will be hampered by an off-campus recruiting suspension that Pearl and his assistants began serving on Sept. 24.

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nocleats writes:

He cant play DTackle anyway, and thats what I want to see... DTackles

Irwin_Linker writes:

Sad thing is, before the NCAA problems came up a lot of people in Memphis thought we were slight leaders.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

No surprise here!!!

born2ride writes:

Adonis Thomas was a lock for UT until the NCAA investigation was announced - the same weekend he made his visit. He even said in his announcement that this was the reason for not picking the Vols.

It is time to make a coaching change. Bruce Pearl has lost all credibility. None of the top recruits will consider signing with a coach who was caught lying to the NCAA and made major violations. Other schools will use this against us.

Fire Pearl and hire Josh Pastner.

Pearl clearly can't even compete with a CUSA school like Memphis. BP has done a great job bringing excitement back to UT but it is time for him to go.

IMO

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Adonis Thomas was a lock for UT until the NCAA investigation was announced - the same weekend he made his visit. He even said in his announcement that this was the reason for not picking the Vols.

It is time to make a coaching change. Bruce Pearl has lost all credibility. None of the top recruits will consider signing with a coach who was caught lying to the NCAA and made major violations. Other schools will use this against us.

Fire Pearl and hire Josh Pastner.

Pearl clearly can't even compete with a CUSA school like Memphis. BP has done a great job bringing excitement back to UT but it is time for him to go.

IMO

Yes... just what UT needs... ANOTHER coaching change.

VolsToTheWall writes:

in response to born2ride:

Adonis Thomas was a lock for UT until the NCAA investigation was announced - the same weekend he made his visit. He even said in his announcement that this was the reason for not picking the Vols.

It is time to make a coaching change. Bruce Pearl has lost all credibility. None of the top recruits will consider signing with a coach who was caught lying to the NCAA and made major violations. Other schools will use this against us.

Fire Pearl and hire Josh Pastner.

Pearl clearly can't even compete with a CUSA school like Memphis. BP has done a great job bringing excitement back to UT but it is time for him to go.

IMO

thats ignorant

VolsToTheWall writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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cept i'm pretty sure tobias's said the exact opposite of that, but whatever.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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Well let's see Blue neck,

Is that all you have to say? Can't you think of anything else?

If all your rambling was a 30 second clock..........you'd be a big turnover

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to born2ride:

Adonis Thomas was a lock for UT until the NCAA investigation was announced - the same weekend he made his visit. He even said in his announcement that this was the reason for not picking the Vols.

It is time to make a coaching change. Bruce Pearl has lost all credibility. None of the top recruits will consider signing with a coach who was caught lying to the NCAA and made major violations. Other schools will use this against us.

Fire Pearl and hire Josh Pastner.

Pearl clearly can't even compete with a CUSA school like Memphis. BP has done a great job bringing excitement back to UT but it is time for him to go.

IMO

Witch Doctor think it cute when non-sports types try to talk sports.lol.
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Witch Doctor say you drop the IQ 25-28 pts. anywhere you roam..
Bones never lie.

AirForceVol2786 writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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This post doesn't hurt too bad coming from the University of Derrick Rose. Keep spewing your garbage, but perhaps you should take a long look in the mirror. Memphis is pathetic.

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

spoken by a fan of the 3rd best basketball school in the state

acworthdave writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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Your recent chronology of our BB coach's problems with the NCAA are valid. That is why I don't troll the UK websites and point fingers at Coach Cal. That would be very hypocritical. You may be the ONLY Memphis State fan who has the cajones to point the finger at anyone when it comes to NCAA issues. I could chronologically list the issues with the Memphis State basketball program. Unfortunately, I don't think I will be allowed enough space for that history lesson. I am sure there are books written on the unethical history of your glorious program. Why don't you learn from your own past issues and realize it may be best to just shut the hell up.

VolsToTheWall writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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exactly....which is why what he said was ignorant. AT was never coming to UT so to blame it on pearl and go crazy that pearl should get fired and is a terrible coach over this one recruit is ignorant.

Keep drinkin the vagasil...its obviously killin your brain cells

AirForceVol2786 writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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Im not sure if you are aware of this but when you say "both", you are referring to two people. Dooley, Pearl, and Hamilton.....that makes three, doesn't it.
" fit together they are all want to beesssssss!" Im not even going to comment on this, WTF does this even mean?

NashvillePreds writes:

I will congratulate Memphis High when I am at the Liberty Bowl next weekend. I'm sure, from visual observation at other Memphis home games this year, the 12,000 Tiger fans will create a raucus atmosphere.

GeneralNeyland96redux writes:

All - 1GBB suffers from a lack of intelligence and ability to translate the spoken word into text....I think the word (if you can call it that) he's looking for is "wannabee"

TopTenn writes:

Bruce pearl needs to sign his contract now.

voltime writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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Tiger High, Tiger High, Tiger High, Tiger High, Tiger High, Tiger High, Tiger High, you want to hear it again, Tiger High, you always be a "Wanna Be" to Me!!!!!

8ball writes:

We got the best player from memphis melrose chris jones .....

IdahoVol writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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Remind me once again, what is Memphis State's all time record vs UT in ANY sport? Even a losing record in basketball. Just because you used to go undefeated in CUSA (those days are over) you think you can compete with us???

VolsToTheWall writes:

in response to bricker865:

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they could be out killin people or sellin drugs like everyone else. aha!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

I refuse to go to a rival's site because I have better things to do with my time..I have never have done that and never will,but it's their time to waste, not mine...Plus, as a Vol fan, I refuse to go visit a Rival's site and throw stones because it would be very HYPOCRITICAL(as another poster put it)..Tiger fans just need to be happy they got this guy instead of rubbing our noses in it and throwing stones.

Clevername writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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... "dumbest fan base in America".

Tell me "Mr Einstein", what objective measure did you use to post such a subjetive comment ... this coming from the DUMBEST POSTER OF ALL TIME !!!

murrayvol writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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Kanter - Bound for the D-league. Bwahahahaha!

Without him you'll have trouble with ETSU.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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Yeah, way back in the past ,like '09-'10, when one team made it to the dance, and one didn't....

thesharc#228787 writes:

We never had a program at this level before Pearl. I don't see another coach, clean or not, coming in behind Pearl and coming close to what he has done.

I'm drinking the Pearl kool-aid and we'll ride it out.

I'm not saying the guy has done right by the NCAA with the investigation and his lying. I get that. Punish us accordingly, and we'll move on, WITH Pearl. I'd rather have Pearl than Calipari and I'd take Mr. Sex-in-the-restaurant Rick Pitino over Calipari.

None of these coaches are as clean as we'd like to think. Ours got caught. We accept it. We'll move on. Maybe that cost us Adonis, but from everything reported, he was a heavy Memphis lean anyway.

Go Vols!

Slystone writes:

What the bigger picture that should be viewed at is Pearl once again missed out on an elite player from Memphis. No, Chris Jones is not an elite status player. He'll be good for the Vols, but not great. As a Vol fan this would be my primary concern because from a recruiting standpoint Memphis puts out the best bball players in the State. Next up is 2012 big man Jarnell Stokes out of Memphis Central. Pastner is all over him. Can Pearl persuade him?

Colliervol writes:

No big shock that Thomas went to Memphis and the bottom line is that we aren't ever going to get many players from there. Most of the kids down here are brainwashed from an early age that UT is evil and Memphis is the second coming of UCLA (despite their lack of a single championship). I wouldn't worry about UT unless the NCAA turns over more stuff and Bruce doesn't survive this thing. (And that could happen.) If Pearl is there, UT will get players and the success will continue and you can book that.

I still support BP and what he has done in bringing this program from the pit where it was located. But I will repeat what I've said before. The sad thing is that Bruce wasted a lot of built-up good will and success for the sake of being a little greedy. He didn't have to do what he did and he certainly shouldn't have lied about it to the NCAA. The phone calls, shady contacts and secondary violations are going on at every program. The problem is that BP and the staff weren't as good at covering their tracks as some are (You know who you are in Lexington.) And then it was just plain stupidity to lie about it. And for that, the punishment should be severe. We shall see if that punishment was enough.

thesharc#228787 writes:

I don't think we'll ever recuit Memphis well, with the success of Memphis and the fact that they are over 6 hours away from the Knoxville campus. We're much better off picking our choices out of the Atlanta area, only 3 hours away. Besides, it's easier to recruitt here.

And I think Pastner can be a stellar coach at Memphis. I really like his story...just not his school.

msu83 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Kanter - Bound for the D-league. Bwahahahaha!

Without him you'll have trouble with ETSU.

Your not too bright murrayvol. Its ky that's trying to put a pro on their team, not Memphis.

orangecountyvols writes:

BrownsvilleVol,

This kid doesn't bother me...........just another troll.

I am amazed at how trolls are so consumed by Tennessee..............obviously we are on their minds daily.

ProwlinandgrowlinSmokeyDog...............you are one of the classy fans here and you are right about not going to the opposing schools' sites and being a nuisance. Too bad we are inundated with trolls like
the ones we have here though.

MikeInTN writes:

How many times have people said that it's so very tough to get a athlete out of Memphis when Memphis wants him? Memphis is home to these kids, and the pride of playing there is something very special. Get over it, and move on!!!

Slystone writes:

in response to brownsvillevol:

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Brownie no need to get in a tissy. One can like both teams. But I have followed the Vols/Tigers for a long time and it's not brain washing going on in Memphis it's the style of play, rapport with the HS coaches, the enviroment that has kept UT from getting elite players from Memphis. Truth is truth.

USNVOL writes:

in response to 1_go_big_blue:

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Get Lost....Troll!

IBleedOrange444 writes:

A memphis kid picks memphis and everyone wants to act like the sky is falling! Wake up people. This happens every year. It sucks that we didn't get him, but oh well.

And what's with all the memphis and UK fans talking about UT's NCAA issues like they don't have their own stuff to worry about? Calipari's sleeze is all over both of those programs and it will only be a matter of time until the hammer drops on that creep. What's worse, having a few recruits over for a cook out or fixing transcripts and trying to sneak European pros into your signing class?

gormanvol writes:

if bruce goes hamilton goes ....bruce can coach,recruit ,and has served the university well untill he lied... as much as he has done for us i think he deserves his fans to have his back... keep bruce and ride this thing out!

ETNTigerFan writes:

in response to IdahoVol:

Remind me once again, what is Memphis State's all time record vs UT in ANY sport? Even a losing record in basketball. Just because you used to go undefeated in CUSA (those days are over) you think you can compete with us???

We have a winning record in baseball. I think 12-7 favoring the Tigers. Since you asked...

And everyone with a brain knows UT dodged Memphis in basketball all through the late 70's and 80's.

MikeInTN writes:

in response to brownsvillevol:

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Sorry, I thought the focus of the article was BB. Should have made my point clearer.

8ball writes:

in response to gormanvol:

if bruce goes hamilton goes ....bruce can coach,recruit ,and has served the university well untill he lied... as much as he has done for us i think he deserves his fans to have his back... keep bruce and ride this thing out!

Agree 100%..go BIG ORANGE

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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And Peter Brady still wont beat Pearl this year.Book It!!

Vol_in_VA writes:

The way all of these Memphis fans are slobbering all over themselves and running over to brag to UT about this 1-and-done kid really says a lot about the state of affairs in Memphis. They just really can't get that chip off their shoulder. They're always going to live in the shadow of the Vols and it drives them bat-snot crazy. Vol fans will continue being Vol fans, Tiger fans will continue being Hey-UT-Look-At-Us fans.

BillsBrother writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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And what is that mighty tigger basketball record against the Volunteers?

Ahhh, well...i guess you feel better off ignoring that losing record.

8ball writes:

in response to TIGERDAN:

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I hope you guys win all your games except one.. lets down grade & call ky & ala losers> were in Tenn lets stick together>have a great year

devault1#205322 writes:

Nice commitment for 2011 for Coach Pastner and staff.

Go Tigers Go,
Tiger in Townsend

GreerVol22 writes:

Is Memphis still in the state? I thought we sold that to Arkansas for couple of Branson dinner-show vouchers and a signed Bill and Hillary wedding photo.

8ball writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Is Memphis still in the state? I thought we sold that to Arkansas for couple of Branson dinner-show vouchers and a signed Bill and Hillary wedding photo.

Not nice -Not nice Greer

Voluvr writes:

A sports talk host on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville states he knows for a fact that the Oregon Band Director has contacted the UT band dir. for his blessing to play Rocky Top when they score against USC to get into Kiffin's head. I'm watching to see if he's right.

VolsAllTheWay writes:

Well Memphis does have one record that won't be broken. They are the only team to play for the national championship without winning a game that year.

AT is a one and done player. He'll play his one year, quit going to classes and go NBA. No big deal. Look where it got KY last year.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Adonis Thomas was a lock for UT until the NCAA investigation was announced - the same weekend he made his visit. He even said in his announcement that this was the reason for not picking the Vols.

It is time to make a coaching change. Bruce Pearl has lost all credibility. None of the top recruits will consider signing with a coach who was caught lying to the NCAA and made major violations. Other schools will use this against us.

Fire Pearl and hire Josh Pastner.

Pearl clearly can't even compete with a CUSA school like Memphis. BP has done a great job bringing excitement back to UT but it is time for him to go.

IMO

You are ridiculous. Not many here in Memphis felt Adonis would go anywhere else. All his AAU buddies play for the tigers, he had no real inclination for the past 2 years to go anywhere else. He just wanted to take his visits to be sure. No one can blame him. Top Memphis BB talent does not leave Memphis.

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