Cameron Tatum learning to become a leader, especially in defeat

Cameron Tatum, right, gets his hand on the ball as Jake Troyii attempts to score.

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Cameron Tatum, right, gets his hand on the ball as Jake Troyii attempts to score.

Tennessee teammates Jordan McRae, right, and Trae Golden battle each other during play in the Rocky Top League on Wednesday night at Bearden High School.

It was another one of those nights for Tennessee rising senior Cameron Tatum in the Pilot Rocky Top League.

Tatum's team was short-handed, and at 6-foot-6, he was the tallest player on the Richardson Construction team in their 118-113 loss to DeRoyal Industries at Bearden High School on Wednesday night.

The "old" Tatum might have called it a night when it was obvious victory couldn't be had by Richardson Construction (1-4).

But the new-and-improved version played like new UT coach Cuonzo Martin had instructed.

"Coach Martin stresses there will be adversity at times, and it's my job to keep the guys going and in line,'' said Tatum, who scored a game-high 31 points on 13-of-27 shooting. "And the way Coach Martin has us playing, he said you have to be ready to guard any position on the floor at any time.

"Being the tallest guy on my team tonight gave me an opportunity to work on my rebounding, which I need to do anyway.''

DeRoyal Industries (2-2) was led by former Carter High School standout and East Tennessee State signee Lester Wilson, who scored 20, while UT center Kenny Hall struggled through a tough night with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Tatum had plenty of shooters around him in the loss, as former Lee University All-American and current Chattanooga Notre Dame High School coach Brad Harris had 22 points, shooting 6-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line in the second half. Dane Bradshaw added 20.

Choice Spine 105, News Sentinel 99: Trae Golden scored 32 points and had 11 assists as Choice Spine (4-0) clinched a spot in next Wednesday's championship game.

Jeronne Maymon had 22 points in a physical matchup with former Vol Wayne Chism, and Maymon also went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Former Carson-Newman standout and Australian pro Andy Tipton chipped in with 15 points, and former Bearden star Rico White had 12.

Jordan McRae led the News Sentinel (2-2) with 48 points on 19-of-35 shooting and was also 7-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line. Chism scored 15, Lincoln-Memorial's Chance Jones had 14 and UT's Skylar McBee added 12.

Larry Smith Ins. 125, Ralph Brown & Associates 112: Former Bearden and College of Charleston standout Tony White Jr. scored 30 points to position Larry Smith Insurance (3-1) for a spot in the championship game.

UT signee Quinton Chievous scored 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting for Larry Smith Insurance, former LMU star DeMario Curry had 24 and UT signee Josh Richardson added 15.

Renaldo Woolridge scored 32 to lead Ralph Brown & Associates (0-4), while Darryl Garrett had 30 and J.P. Primm chipped in with 26.

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jhayes0926#638474 writes:

At least it sounds as though we may hit a few more FT's this year.

born2ride writes:

Tatum has the potential to be our best player next year.

richvol writes:

Kenny Hall made 3 of 12...we are in a world of hurt for a post player.

thetrollhunter writes:

Good lord how many leaders do we need? Next article: Skylar McBee learning how to lead.

Somebody's gotta be the follower

TennVol01 writes:

A leader in defeat ... is not a leader ... or at least not the kind of leader we need.

LJS1984 writes:

Why doesn't KNS just go ahead and write an article about how the student manager is becoming a leader? Every day there is an article about a basketball player becoming a leader. That's fine and great, but I will believe it when I see it. It's one thing to write it and say it, but let's see it first.

tmartin writes:

Good grief, who cares about leading??? Can anyone play basketball??

tmartin writes:

Did they really call Bradshaw a "shooter"??

mocsandvolsfan writes:

3rd article about Leaders? I hope they all are but usually one or two lead the most. Can you have too many leaders? I'm bettin' on McCrae and Tatum. But our point better be the man in charge or we'll be like last year standing around not knowin' what!!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to tmartin:

Did they really call Bradshaw a "shooter"??

I love Bradshaw but he's never been a "shooter".

voloffaith writes:

in response to osu2:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Thank you for spewing defamatory comments about our players that was unnecessary. Hopefully ewe have spewed all the caustic comments out and can actually have a nice day by being polite to others. One final question. Is the Buceye site down?

samvol writes:

in response to thetrollhunter:

Good lord how many leaders do we need? Next article: Skylar McBee learning how to lead.

Somebody's gotta be the follower

I was thinking that same thing...lol

samvol writes:

in response to richvol:

Kenny Hall made 3 of 12...we are in a world of hurt for a post player.

you are negative, never have anything good to say about players..why are you even a fan

BigVolFaninSC writes:

in response to thetrollhunter:

Good lord how many leaders do we need? Next article: Skylar McBee learning how to lead.

Somebody's gotta be the follower

Yeah, Kenny Hall is a leader!...Woolridge?...Tatum?...where the heck has this team been without any leadership? I think Coach Zo might have some influence on who will or will not be the leader!

kevin151 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Tatum has the potential to be our best player next year.

DO you watch the games? Tatum is awful and if he is the best player next year they will only win 10 games

lomas98 writes:

Article says he is learning to be a leader in defeat. Does that mean he will be the one they turn to after the losses? There will probably be an article tomorrow about Jordan Mcrae thinking about becoming a leader and and on Friday of Skyler Mcbee being led to the bench.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to tmartin:

Did they really call Bradshaw a "shooter"??

No. That didn't happen in this article.

MothershipChip writes:

I have to say that one thing this article failed to really mention is how well Quinton played last night including at one point hitting four straight threes. The size and muscle seems to already be there and if they work on him this offseason expect him to be big enough to compete in the SEC early on. Everyone really bagged on Coach Zo's recruiting but I think we really may have something here with Q. I for one am excited about next season.

Go Big Orange

CarbonCopy (Inactive) writes:

Anyone see the game Quinton Chievous played in? How did he look?

tmartin writes:

in response to Chris4Vols22:

No. That didn't happen in this article.

try reading it again

voloffaith writes:

The leader...leader of the pack....otherwise a bunch of posters who skip the article and jump back on the Pearl slamathon. What was done was done and all that is left is to see what the nC2a throws at us for the next couple of years. Article on leaders...no not 2 or 3 liters that's different.

samvol writes:

in response to wallandhiker:

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you sound like Charlie Browns mom.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Leadership is a characteristic. Learning it is nearly impossible and it's never found at a summer rec league.

But it would be great if Tatum became a confident player.

hueypilot writes:

in response to samvol:

you sound like Charlie Browns mom.

Most of what he says is irrefutable. You don't like Pearl made a mistake by thinking he could get with telling a lie to the NCAA, and I don't either, but I think that remains the most grievious sin he committed. He paid dearly for it, as will UT, but the biggest loss will be losing the best bball coach we've had since Ray Mears. Pearl made UT basketball relevant again, on the conference and national level, and that is a fact.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to born2ride:

Tatum has the potential to be our best player next year.

Tatum IS our best player.

samvol writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Most of what he says is irrefutable. You don't like Pearl made a mistake by thinking he could get with telling a lie to the NCAA, and I don't either, but I think that remains the most grievious sin he committed. He paid dearly for it, as will UT, but the biggest loss will be losing the best bball coach we've had since Ray Mears. Pearl made UT basketball relevant again, on the conference and national level, and that is a fact.

I haven’t forgot what Pearl did for Tennessee nor will I forget what he did to Tennessee for years to come.

And that’s a fact!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to samvol:

I haven’t forgot what Pearl did for Tennessee nor will I forget what he did to Tennessee for years to come.

And that’s a fact!

UT will be fine. Pearl may have a wait to get to coach at this level. Facts are usually in the past. I hope UT proves you wrong about your prediction(not fact yet).

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