Quinton Chievous to choose between UT, Saint Louis

Guard to announce Thursday

It’s a great college atmosphere and college town; everyone is Tennessee crazy.

Quinton Chievous

Quinton Chievous

Quinton Chievous

Quinton Chievous said Tuesday he likes Tennessee’s weather, campus and is especially fond of new UT men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin.

On Thursday, the 6-foot-5 combo guard from Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., will reveal if he likes UT enough to be part of the Vols’ 2011 signing class.

“I’ll hold a press conference at my high school on Thursday to announce where I’m going,’’ said Chievous, who will choose between the Vols and Saint Louis. “I hadn’t been in any kind of rush with my recruitment because I needed to focus on maintaining my grades.’’

Chievous, who averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game last season at his Chicago-area high school, came to Tennessee on an official visit last weekend.

“It’s a great college atmosphere and college town; everyone is Tennessee crazy,’’ Chievous said. “I really like Coach Martin. That was my first time meeting him. I felt comfortable with him. He’s big about turning young men into men, and my mother and father like that.’’

Chievous’ father, Derrick Chievous, is Missouri’s all-time scoring leader and was a first-round pick of the Houston Rockets in the 1988 NBA draft.

Quinton Chievous said he has seen enough Tennessee basketball on television to know it’s an exciting program.

“I know the program has a lot of tradition going back to Bernard King,’’ he said. “I really did my homework on the program.’’

Tennessee did its homework on Chievous, too, and that might explain why the Vols don’t seem to be too concerned with his pedestrian recruiting ranking — ESPN.com has him rated as the 109th shooting guard.

“I really only have two years of experience playing organized ball,’’ said Chievous, who said he didn’t play much on the varsity team as a sophomore. “As for the rankings, I haven’t been exposed to much or been out there, like at the LeBron James (AAU event).

“Everyone has to start over when they go to college, so that ranking stuff doesn’t matter.’’

UT assistant Tracy Webster started recruiting Chievous while still at Nebraska. North Carolina State also was recruiting Chievous before its coaching change.

“Even before I was playing organized ball, I was at the playground going up against older guys,’’ Chievous said.

“Being from Chicago, we got that game where we play hard and act like it’s the last game every time out.’’

Chievous said if he chooses UT, he’ll enroll for the first-term of summer school.

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UT2006 writes:

at least he is taller than chris jones...

carbonzip writes:

He will be a great asset for Coach Martin.

1vavolfan writes:

I think the title of the article says it all. We are recruiting against St. Louis now. I know that there is slim pickings in April and May but still, ETSU has higher rated recruits than this guy. I hope that CCM doesn't already know that Scotty and Tobias are gone and is filling spots accordingly.I am afraid this rebuilding process is going to take longer than expected. CCM has a recruiting class that would make Wade Houston blush.

GONAVY writes:

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lguy (Inactive) writes:

in response to GONAVY:

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You're particularly stupid, aren't you?

FearlessFreep writes:

After this year's squad I'll be just fine with a bunch of kids that feel they have something to prove and work hard. Watching the laziness on the court was just painful at times.

Watch film on this kid (he's wearing No. 1 in highlights) before passing judgement. I'd say he has a better mid-range jump shot than several of our current players.

VolzsFan writes:

We have a guy with virtually no offers and gets one from Tenn and he has to decide? Seriously, picking between Tenn and St. Louis is like picking between a super model (Tenn) and Rosanne Barr (St. Louis). If he does not get that than his IQ matched his stars....2.

ball1523 writes:

Coach martin is doing a great job. Hes getting quality young men who are going to work hard and stay in school. This guy is from the chicago area and averaged 20 and 10. the guy can play. Everyone needs to stop getting caught up in this star ranknings.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to workinlikehek:

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I don't know whether to call that malarky or drivel. The more stars, the more likely the kid is to have more talent. That is just a fact and there is a lot of wasted space around here saying it is not true. A history of outstanding skill predicts a more likely future of success IN EVERYTHING.

87UTVOL writes:

You might notice Chievous' YouTube video uses a song from a Christian rap artist, "Fight For My Blessing". I could be wrong, but seems to me Zo is doing like Dooley in going after high character kids, looking for a little change of culture. Could be a good thing. But, of course, the kids have to be able to play and Zo has to win.

I like this staff. I think they can coach 'em up. Players like Chievous can have a big upside. C'mon Chievous, the SEC is a much bigger stage than Saint Louis, with top level competition and TV appearances to go with it.

Slystone writes:

Seriously? He has too choose whether he wants to be a Biliken or a Vol. No brainer! Welcome to Knoxville young man.

govols1234567 writes:

I know stars arent everything, but he has no stars. He should be grateful Tennessee is even giving him a look

jsandslpn writes:

This is so funny. Here are a bunch of people who have no sports skills, never seen a basketball court, and have two faces each. You say they must have 4 or 5 stars or they can't play. Has anyone remembered when CBP came to town,he lost some recruits and signed some no name guys that were gonna sign at Milwakee. With CJ Watson, Dane Bradshaw, and a few walk ons made the turny and beat Florida and Texas. Hey Retards wait till the season and see what happens. A real fan gives the man a chance he is due.

STLVOLS writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

We have a guy with virtually no offers and gets one from Tenn and he has to decide? Seriously, picking between Tenn and St. Louis is like picking between a super model (Tenn) and Rosanne Barr (St. Louis). If he does not get that than his IQ matched his stars....2.

As a Vol Alum and a Knoxville native, he also has to decide whether he wants small town atmosphere of Knoxville or major league sport atmosphere of St. Louis.

GreerVol22 writes:

Guys, when the hammer comes down on UT it won't matter if we actually have Roseanne Barr at point guard, now will it?

Not all players have the network of support to get them to the right camps to "be seen" by espn and others, just remember that.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Guys, when the hammer comes down on UT it won't matter if we actually have Roseanne Barr at point guard, now will it?

Not all players have the network of support to get them to the right camps to "be seen" by espn and others, just remember that.

What ahmmer are you expecting. The penalties will be recoverable, if Martin had bothered to recruit smarter we could have actually made the tournament next year. When we don't, people will rightly already have him on the hot seat.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Witch Doctor say name-calling?
Witch Doctor say keep it classy....
Bones never lie.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Tweetdriver63:

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I assume you fly T-37s out of CAFB. I did a maintenance awareness presentation there a couple years ago for T-6s. Nice little town. Was pleasantly surprised.

Have to wonder why you didn't send a tape to Pat of your daughter though.

easleychuck writes:

in response to jsandslpn:

This is so funny. Here are a bunch of people who have no sports skills, never seen a basketball court, and have two faces each. You say they must have 4 or 5 stars or they can't play. Has anyone remembered when CBP came to town,he lost some recruits and signed some no name guys that were gonna sign at Milwakee. With CJ Watson, Dane Bradshaw, and a few walk ons made the turny and beat Florida and Texas. Hey Retards wait till the season and see what happens. A real fan gives the man a chance he is due.

In the interest of accuracy, you left out Misters' Loften and Smith were also on the roster. Bruce only signed one kid headed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Brian Childress.

Coach Martin is having to dig for kids because it is so late in the process. He may just find a gem, only time will tell.

volfan2002 writes:

Were gonna be one of the most athletic teams in the nation. Don't know how well we will be able to play basketball meaning score points, but nobody better not challenge us to a jumping or running contest because we have the athletes on this team.

dcap8424 writes:

in response to easleychuck:

In the interest of accuracy, you left out Misters' Loften and Smith were also on the roster. Bruce only signed one kid headed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Brian Childress.

Coach Martin is having to dig for kids because it is so late in the process. He may just find a gem, only time will tell.

It's Ryan not Brian.

claiborneh writes:

I know you are naturally proud of daughter but bottom line the 5 star on your daughters team is 6 ft 5 as you already explained and therefore a more desired player for a premier program. All the xs in the columns don't matter. Everyones points are valid including your exposure point. However no premier program wants to have it's success depend on finding a little exposed diamond in the rough. There will most always be a Cinderella team in the tournament each year
but all the consistent elite programs bank on mcdonalds all Americans not scrapping around for a sleeper.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say name-calling?
Witch Doctor say keep it classy....
Bones never lie.

Stay classy Knoxville

VolVox writes:

I'm not going to go as far as to say that stars don't matter; stars are a useful tool and often do reflect where players rank competitively vis a vis each other. When a guy hasn't played more than a couple of years, though, and has a dad who was a collegiate star and played in the NBA (remember the Band-Aid?), you realize that the star ranking has to be placed in its proper context. The staff likes him; I hope we get him.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to jsandslpn:

This is so funny. Here are a bunch of people who have no sports skills, never seen a basketball court, and have two faces each. You say they must have 4 or 5 stars or they can't play. Has anyone remembered when CBP came to town,he lost some recruits and signed some no name guys that were gonna sign at Milwakee. With CJ Watson, Dane Bradshaw, and a few walk ons made the turny and beat Florida and Texas. Hey Retards wait till the season and see what happens. A real fan gives the man a chance he is due.

Good post. However, you are confusing the star gazers with facts.

RoadTrip writes:

Looks like a diamond in the rough to me. Nice find by CTW and Coach Zo. Helps in gaining recruiting ground in the Chicago area if he comes. Four year guy with godd athleticism, genes, and character.

Still need another big.

KCHS63 writes:

There are some folks here who have no awareness of American college basketball. St. Louis University has a much more distinguished history than the University of Tennessee does in basketball.

I'm a Knoxville native and have been following the Vols since before Ray Mears, since Orbie (freakin') Bowling.

Competing against Saint Louis for recruits is a step UP!

BigBadVol writes:

in response to jsandslpn:

This is so funny. Here are a bunch of people who have no sports skills, never seen a basketball court, and have two faces each. You say they must have 4 or 5 stars or they can't play. Has anyone remembered when CBP came to town,he lost some recruits and signed some no name guys that were gonna sign at Milwakee. With CJ Watson, Dane Bradshaw, and a few walk ons made the turny and beat Florida and Texas. Hey Retards wait till the season and see what happens. A real fan gives the man a chance he is due.

Exactly!

hueypilot writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

After this year's squad I'll be just fine with a bunch of kids that feel they have something to prove and work hard. Watching the laziness on the court was just painful at times.

Watch film on this kid (he's wearing No. 1 in highlights) before passing judgement. I'd say he has a better mid-range jump shot than several of our current players.

Which one of our current players has a mid range jumper? The mid range jump shot. "What's that, Daddy?" the youngser asked qizzically. The father said: "The mid range jump shot was an ancient relic in the sport of basketball that was largely made obselete by the three point shot and the youj've-got-to-put-my-big-showy-unnecessarily-in-your-face-dunk-on-Sportscenter's-top-ten layup son. But that was a long time ago."

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

in response to cdldoc#211897:

I don't know whether to call that malarky or drivel. The more stars, the more likely the kid is to have more talent. That is just a fact and there is a lot of wasted space around here saying it is not true. A history of outstanding skill predicts a more likely future of success IN EVERYTHING.

How many stars did the Curry Boys have? One is in the NBA and the other is playing at Duke. Dad a former NBA player. Stars in the genes. Never know how they'll turn out.

VolAtUGA11 writes:

Right now UT needs basketball players, period. Looming NCAA sanctions and coaching changes = poor recruiting conditions, as most kids won't want to play for a program that may be shut out of postseason play (national exposure) or for a school that gets rid (regardless of the reason) of a popular coach. If you disagree, that's fine. But don't think most of the schools competing with UT for these kids aren't selling these scary scenarios.

The only way UT could have avoided a tough recruiting and probably upcoming regular season would be to pay John Calipari $10M/year to leave UK and join UT. Nobody wants that, right?

ellerbee123 writes:

We REALLY need you here...

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

I think the title of the article says it all. We are recruiting against St. Louis now. I know that there is slim pickings in April and May but still, ETSU has higher rated recruits than this guy. I hope that CCM doesn't already know that Scotty and Tobias are gone and is filling spots accordingly.I am afraid this rebuilding process is going to take longer than expected. CCM has a recruiting class that would make Wade Houston blush.

Negavol, IMO.

Bigger_Al writes:

Last guys we signed with this low of a rating were JuJuan Smith and Chris Lofton.

Outdated writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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I agree we can't have it both ways and I like what I am seeing of Martin's way so far..
Tobias Harris does appear to be a tremendous player, smart in the classroom and morally upstanding and I have not given up hope he will come back for one more season..I think he may decide Martin's staff has the expertise to help him improve his draft status for next year...If Harris should come back we will have a very competitive team..What about Hopson? If Hopson comes back and Martin makes a player out of him you can look for the NBA to come after Martin

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to 87UTVOL:

You might notice Chievous' YouTube video uses a song from a Christian rap artist, "Fight For My Blessing". I could be wrong, but seems to me Zo is doing like Dooley in going after high character kids, looking for a little change of culture. Could be a good thing. But, of course, the kids have to be able to play and Zo has to win.

I like this staff. I think they can coach 'em up. Players like Chievous can have a big upside. C'mon Chievous, the SEC is a much bigger stage than Saint Louis, with top level competition and TV appearances to go with it.

"Big Upside" and "Kid's a sleeper" are familiar mantra's of people who can't admit we've lowered our recruiting standards. This year I won't hold "stars" against Martin, but the fact he's going after guards when we have a severe lack of depth with big men I will, he can "change the culture" all he wants to, if he doesn't win games it won't matter and in four years we'll be looking for a new coach.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Uh oh! Better start sleeping with one eye open Precious.

murrayvol writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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That's what idiots do best BB.

murrayvol writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Which one of our current players has a mid range jumper? The mid range jump shot. "What's that, Daddy?" the youngser asked qizzically. The father said: "The mid range jump shot was an ancient relic in the sport of basketball that was largely made obselete by the three point shot and the youj've-got-to-put-my-big-showy-unnecessarily-in-your-face-dunk-on-Sportscenter's-top-ten layup son. But that was a long time ago."

I've noticed very few highlight videos ever feature a player taking that "mid-range jumper". Almost a lost art.

volsunited writes:

This kid is a hopeful. i wouldn't think its a slam dunk just because its st louis though. They aren't staring probation in the face and also in basketball the A-10 is a better conference. Supposedly martin is in on some great low post prospects in 2012 class so i guessing he has a master plan here.

BxVol writes:

I`am going to look for an old Sreet&Smith magazine where it lists the top high school players broken down into 1st team 2nd team 3rd team and then either best of the rest or honorable mention.The particular year I have in mind was when Larry Bird as a high school senior did not make any of the first three teams.Point is while being recognized as a 5 star is good it does not guarantee success at the next level and there are plenty of kids coming out of high school without the big reputations who will turn out great.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

Stay classy Knoxville

That's just too funny...

Imagine John Adams on TV with Ron Burgundy's line, "Ladies and gentlemen, can i please have your attention. I've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you to stop what you're doing and listen." Jeez, that might even be funnier with Adams saying it.

mattlock writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

"Big Upside" and "Kid's a sleeper" are familiar mantra's of people who can't admit we've lowered our recruiting standards. This year I won't hold "stars" against Martin, but the fact he's going after guards when we have a severe lack of depth with big men I will, he can "change the culture" all he wants to, if he doesn't win games it won't matter and in four years we'll be looking for a new coach.

Wow you continue to show how little you know. . .whom do you suggest he go after in this class when most big names are already signed elsewhere? Bruce has two recruits in the fold, one who couldn't qualify and the other who has, well, let's just say "issues" in his inner circle. To say our recruiting standards have lowered based on Coach Martin trying to salvage what is left of this recruit class is pure stupidity.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

This is not looking good at all.

HtownVol writes:

The thing that upsets me is losing the foreign 6'9 kid (he had a unusual name).

I have seen 3 guards sign and CCM is wanting another one.

Does Coach Martin not think a Center is needed in the SEC? I know pickins are small but he had a shot at the kid I mentioned and lost out and now I have seen nothing about this staff offering a center.

Kenny hall.. Come on. I like Hall but he will get beat up by true Centers. Maymon will be the backup Center (at 6'6).

I have liked everything I have seen from CCM but if he does not at least get a big to transfer from JUCO I will not understand his thinking.

With the lack of size (assuming no Harris or Hopson) I expect to see our NBA son to play a lot, and he would rather spend all his time on rapping and could likely care less about being a good basketball player.

And I know Chris Jones was the best player we would have been able to get but I am lost as to why CCm spent so much time with Chris when everyone could tell he had no chance of qualifying. Then again if he didnt go after him he would get bashed by most for not going after the best player we had. Anyway, I never expect Chris to be a Vol. And if UT does not add one (at least) big man (6'9 240+) I am sorry but I will not pay the money I did the past 6 years to see every single UT game. I wish I could expect more but with no bigs and a team of small players and zero shooters I do not expect to win more than 15 games. Hopefully CCM and staff will get the most out of the team and prove me wrong. PLEASE DO!

GO VOLS

STLVOLS writes:

Rick Majerus is coach of St. Louis University.

TKO writes:

in response to cdldoc#211897:

I don't know whether to call that malarky or drivel. The more stars, the more likely the kid is to have more talent. That is just a fact and there is a lot of wasted space around here saying it is not true. A history of outstanding skill predicts a more likely future of success IN EVERYTHING.

Stars are often based on college offers, not talent per se.

thevoice writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Not sure about your screen name, but I had the same thought regarding your comment. #109 guard holding a press conference = desperate for attention. Not the best foot to start off on. All about me folks.

notredamealum writes:

i went to school with him and the grade thing is a charade. keeping my grades up to him means passing with a d. at the beginning of soph. year a teacher told him to pay for a book and he told the teacher he didnt have to pay for it because he was on the basketball team. there is a reason he only has 2 stars and was only being looked at by tenn and nc state. his shot is mediocre, defense awful, and his FTs inconsistent. the 2 years of organized basketball is also a lie. he made a little bit of noise in high school because of his athleticism but he crumbled under the pressure in big games and the playoffs.

volsunited writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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orlando woolridge was a stud at notre dame any of his kids go there? Jordans kids at UNC? Mizzou new coach from Miami was about to get fired there anyway

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