Tennessee has added another invited walk-on to its men's basketball roster, 6-foot-4 shooting guard Ryan Kilmartin.
"I feel like my shooting is my biggest strength, and also just being a team player and having a good work ethic,'' Kilmartin said in an interview on UTSports.com. "I feel like I have a high basketball IQ ... being in the right place, helping on defense.''
Kilmartin redshirted at Appalachian State in 2009-10 and was limited to one game last season because of mononucleosis. The 20-year-old is expected to be eligibile immediately because he didn't receive any financial aid with the Mountaineers. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
In 2007, Kilmartin played for Wales, which won the silver medal in Division C at the FIBA European Championships. His mother was Miss Wales in 1984 and was in the Miss Universe Pageant.
"The FIBA rules allow for players who have a British passport to qualify for the National Team, so over the course of three tryouts back and forth to the UK, I made the Under 18 national team,'' said Kilmartin, who played for Catholic High School in Charlotte, N.C. "We won the silver in the European Championships in 2007, then we won the gold with the Under-20s.''
Kilmartin said he led the gold-medal team in scoring with 15.4 points per game and also averaged 5.8 rebounds. He has been invited to play for the men's national team this summer.
His next stop is in the Pilot Rocky Top League at Bearden High School, where he will open play with the News Sentinel's team.
The Rocky Top League games begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Admission is free.