Chicago-area guard Quinton Chievous picks Tennessee

Son of former NBA lottery pick 'really impressed' with Cuonzo Martin

Quinton Chievous

Quinton Chievous

Player, Position, Ht./Wt., School/Town

Quinton Chievous, G, 6-5/200 Notre Dame/Niles, Illinois

Chris Jones, G, 5-10/180, Various/Memphis

Josh Richardson, G, 6-5/180, Sante Fe/Edmonds, Oklahoma

Wes Washpun, PG, 6-1/170, Washington High/Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Quinton Chievous is the newest member of Tennessee’s Class of 2011, announcing Thursday his intentions to sign with the Vols at a press conference at his high school.

The 6-foot-5 combo guard from Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., chose Tennessee over Saint Louis.

“I was comfortable with the whole atmosphere at Tennessee,’’ said Chievous, who came to Knoxville on an official visit this past weekend. “I was really impressed with Coach (Cuonzo) Martin. He builds a lot of character in his players. He was really big in my decision.’’

Chievous, who signed and sent in his National Letter of Intent later Thursday, averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game last season, but he didn’t score high in the national recruiting rankings on account of his very limited AAU travel schedule.

Still, Chievous received numerous scholarships offers, including Alabama-Birmingham, Providence, Southern Illinois and South Florida.

Vols assistant Tracy Webster served as Chievous’ primary recruiter, as Webster was recruiting him for Nebraska prior to being hired onto Martin’s staff on April 5.

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

Derrick Chievous said he’s confident in UT’s ability to mold his son into a better player.

“This summer will put him in position to work with guys that can re-tool his game,’’ Derrick Chievous said. “He’s always going to play hard, so that will give him an opportunity.’’

Quinton Chievous said he plans to enroll at UT for the first term of summer school in June so he can play in Knoxville’s Pilot Rocky Top League.

“I really think overall I can score the ball, but my main thing is I play hard,’’ said Chievous, who earned second-team all-state honors in Illinois. “I really need to improve my ball handling to become more of a two guard the college level.’’

The Vols have four signees, three of which are expected to enroll at UT this summer.

In addition to Chievous, 6-1 point guard Wes Washpun, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and 6-5 combo guard Josh Richardson from Edmond, Okla., are expected to start classes in June.

Chris Jones, from Melrose High School in Memphis, signed with the Vols but has since said he will most likely attend Northwest Florida State Junior College.

UT is still waiting to learn if Freshman All-American forward Tobias Harris and junior All-SEC shooting guard Scotty Hopson will return to the Vols for another season.

Hopson and Harris have until Sunday to declare if they are leaving their names in the upcoming NBA draft.

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Comments » 64

tree_em_smokey writes:

Who?...... says the little man bodeane!

huntined#565710 writes:

Best one so far

volinlouisiana writes:

42 inch vertical, head above the rim, only 3 years of organized bball, father an NBA player. This guy could be a diamond in the rough.

BluezVol writes:

Maybe I'm wrong, but choosing b/t St Louis and Tennessee is concerning. He has good pedigree but I'd prefer "coveted" recruits rather than obscure ones. Of course, I realize that any of us can point to a coveted recruit who turned out to be a bum - but I'll take a squad of 4-5 coveted recruits over "never heard of recruits" anytime - just ask Calipari (sp?)

tree_em_smokey writes:

You can't come in this late in the game, develop relationships, earn trust and respect of good recruits and have a chance with them. Their isn't enough time. Cuonzo is getting decent players right now in hopes that one out of four will step up and be a great player. GBO!!!

sambad writes:

If he has a low shooting percentage his first year I can hear the trolls now. They will be calling him Miss Chievous.

marnel1958 writes:

in response to sambad:

If he has a low shooting percentage his first year I can hear the trolls now. They will be calling him Miss Chievous.

That's better than Miss Demeanor !!

ellerbee123 writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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AND even in the absence of AAU programs throughout the summers he is still ranked 119. That is impressive in itself. Welcome to TN young man. Some of the fans do research others just whine.

OrangeCrush writes:

in response to volinlouisiana:

42 inch vertical, head above the rim, only 3 years of organized bball, father an NBA player. This guy could be a diamond in the rough.

That's exactly what I'm thinking too.

FearlessFreep writes:

The star mongers are out in full force again.

Let's not pass judgement until we see the kid play. The member of the coaching staff who has seen him play used to recruit for Kentucky, so I'm sure he understands the type of athlete who can be successful in this conference.

FearlessFreep writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

The star mongers are out in full force again.

Let's not pass judgement until we see the kid play. The member of the coaching staff who has seen him play used to recruit for Kentucky, so I'm sure he understands the type of athlete who can be successful in this conference.

P.S. - 6' 5" guards who can play defense create a lot of matchup problems.

MusicCityVol writes:

Would it be better not to sign kids and play walk-ons? This kid is a sleeper who has all the tools to be a good player. Would we rather have high profile recruits? Of course. But for CM to have come when he did their weren't many options. We have to fill out a roster folks.

Basketball Spring Signing Period 2011 (with video of all recruits)
http://checkerboardchatter.blogspot.c...

BigBadVol writes:

How ignorant can fans be? First of all, St. Louis is a well respected program, along with some of the others mentioned. These coaches are well paid to evaluate talent. Some of you think you know more than these coaches. It's a joke. Some of you are as ignorant as they come.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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Well, Florida and Kentucky do play games here next year. . .so maybe you're right. When we're getting dominated down low because of a severe lack of depth in the post, we'll be hoping for a CBI berth.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to MusicCityVol:

Would it be better not to sign kids and play walk-ons? This kid is a sleeper who has all the tools to be a good player. Would we rather have high profile recruits? Of course. But for CM to have come when he did their weren't many options. We have to fill out a roster folks.

Basketball Spring Signing Period 2011 (with video of all recruits)
http://checkerboardchatter.blogspot.c...

It would be better if we could get another body down low because we're way too thin there and we've signed enough guards, and have enough already on the roster.

wildmed writes:

Welcome to Tennessee, Quinton. May you enjoy terrific success in the classroom and on the court. GBO!!

tree_em_smokey writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

It would be better if we could get another body down low because we're way too thin there and we've signed enough guards, and have enough already on the roster.

The fountain of knowledge spills over again.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to BluezVol:

Maybe I'm wrong, but choosing b/t St Louis and Tennessee is concerning. He has good pedigree but I'd prefer "coveted" recruits rather than obscure ones. Of course, I realize that any of us can point to a coveted recruit who turned out to be a bum - but I'll take a squad of 4-5 coveted recruits over "never heard of recruits" anytime - just ask Calipari (sp?)

You are wrong. "Beggers can't be choosers" when you are starting over with our recent history.

The 4/5 star athletes will come in the next few years, but for now, the team needs depth and that's what they are getting.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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I'd say it's time for you to go take your afternoon nap right after you get your milk from your grandma's ta-ta!

TennVol01 writes:

I think we now have about six guards. Don't we need a big tall heavy Center? Oh well, I trust Coach Martin. Welcome aboard Quinton Chievous. Maybe we can win with 5 speedy guards.

kingofthevols writes:

Does he wear band-aids like his Dad?

stormblast writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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I agree. I do not pay attention to the cosmos as far as recruiting goes, the star system in recruiting is as legitimate as anything that Jamaican toll-free psychic must have told the trolls.

I hope he does well.

VolNationPride writes:

For people asking why we are signing so many guards, have you looked at our roster? Our returning guards are Golden, McRae, Tyler Summitt, McBee, Tatum and maybe Hopson. Now, out of those I just listed, how many of them did some of you badmouth last year?

Summitt- Only there to learn, no real chance of playing.

Golden- Natural SG, will be a starter next year.

McRae- SG/SF, will be a starter and has athletic ability

McBee- SG, Iffy talent but has shown has some ability, will be backup/mop up duty

Tatum- SG/SF, will be a starter, has talent but most haters really like to hate on him

Hopson- SG, will be starter if he returns

If Hopson returns; starting lineup will be Golden(pg), Hopson(SG), McRae(SG), Tatum(SF), Hall(Center/PF). That is a lot of athletic ability right there and would be a nice lineup with speed.

If Hopson doesn't return, you may see one of our incoming freshman start, or Woolridge will be inserted for a "bigger" lineup. Either way, we have to sign some guards to back these guys up. Plus, there is always a chance to redshirt one of them. That is my take on why we have signed so many.

VolNationPride writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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You know who Quinton Chievous is, don't pretend!

He is that guy that you will see on Sportscenter the next few years; dunking on the heads of Boynton, lil Walker and baby face Wilbekin!

Ironcity writes:

in response to VolNationPride:

For people asking why we are signing so many guards, have you looked at our roster? Our returning guards are Golden, McRae, Tyler Summitt, McBee, Tatum and maybe Hopson. Now, out of those I just listed, how many of them did some of you badmouth last year?

Summitt- Only there to learn, no real chance of playing.

Golden- Natural SG, will be a starter next year.

McRae- SG/SF, will be a starter and has athletic ability

McBee- SG, Iffy talent but has shown has some ability, will be backup/mop up duty

Tatum- SG/SF, will be a starter, has talent but most haters really like to hate on him

Hopson- SG, will be starter if he returns

If Hopson returns; starting lineup will be Golden(pg), Hopson(SG), McRae(SG), Tatum(SF), Hall(Center/PF). That is a lot of athletic ability right there and would be a nice lineup with speed.

If Hopson doesn't return, you may see one of our incoming freshman start, or Woolridge will be inserted for a "bigger" lineup. Either way, we have to sign some guards to back these guys up. Plus, there is always a chance to redshirt one of them. That is my take on why we have signed so many.

Nice take but I think the transfer from Marquette will start. He is a rebound machine that plays hard on defense. I think Woolridge will come off the bench and play a lot. The question is which 6ft 5in guy can be a forward ala Bradshaw so to speak.

carbonzip writes:

we're going to have a fast, tenacious, high altitude team!

STLVOLS writes:

As Vol Alum and Knoxville native living in St. Louis, his Dad was Missouri's all time leading scorer. Anyway, regarding player star ratings, how many high star players were with VCU and Butler in final four?? Also, Pearl had not produced any NBA players. Geez!!! High star Hopson disappointed and will not make NBA.

STLVOLS writes:

in response to BluezVol:

Maybe I'm wrong, but choosing b/t St Louis and Tennessee is concerning. He has good pedigree but I'd prefer "coveted" recruits rather than obscure ones. Of course, I realize that any of us can point to a coveted recruit who turned out to be a bum - but I'll take a squad of 4-5 coveted recruits over "never heard of recruits" anytime - just ask Calipari (sp?)

No star VCU and Butler were there after Calipari was knocked out.

orangepeel writes:

in response to volinlouisiana:

42 inch vertical, head above the rim, only 3 years of organized bball, father an NBA player. This guy could be a diamond in the rough.

What difference does it make how high he can jump ? I know Martin has been handed a bad situation but the players he has recruited so far are more like role players than go to players. Everyone one he has signed can jump,play d, and run the court, but all three are suspect shooters. This is not a good combination. We already have enough players like that.

carbonzip writes:

The Vols need to really polish up their free-throw shooting because they will be getting a lot of opportunities.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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He's your daddy.

barefoot43 writes:

in response to orangepeel:

What difference does it make how high he can jump ? I know Martin has been handed a bad situation but the players he has recruited so far are more like role players than go to players. Everyone one he has signed can jump,play d, and run the court, but all three are suspect shooters. This is not a good combination. We already have enough players like that.

When you can run and jump after playing defense, your shots are from 2' in.
They can find someone to shoot.

I know we had Chris Lofton (about 18 pts a game) but J. Smith was a walk-on that could and would throw it up and in from anywhere. They had no real big man for Pearl's first three years. Everybody loved those teams and the way they played. They pressed and ran, created turnovers into quick points, scored points in bunches, were exciting.

Butler made the final four two years in a row with marginal talent. But they were smart and patient along with fair athleticism. They were coachable and played hard.

Be patient, this coach knows what he is doing.

oscar285 writes:

in response to barefoot43:

When you can run and jump after playing defense, your shots are from 2' in.
They can find someone to shoot.

I know we had Chris Lofton (about 18 pts a game) but J. Smith was a walk-on that could and would throw it up and in from anywhere. They had no real big man for Pearl's first three years. Everybody loved those teams and the way they played. They pressed and ran, created turnovers into quick points, scored points in bunches, were exciting.

Butler made the final four two years in a row with marginal talent. But they were smart and patient along with fair athleticism. They were coachable and played hard.

Be patient, this coach knows what he is doing.

Ditto

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

How ignorant can fans be? First of all, St. Louis is a well respected program, along with some of the others mentioned. These coaches are well paid to evaluate talent. Some of you think you know more than these coaches. It's a joke. Some of you are as ignorant as they come.

I read your post until you said St. Louis is a well respected program. Please stop embarrasing yourself and stop posting.

born2ride writes:

Kentucky signs 4 McDonald's All Americans. We get 3 guys that nobody has heard of.

Please fire Hamilton so we can compete in the SEC again.

Slystone writes:

My only concern I have is that not one Big Ten or Big 12 team recruited this kid and he's in the heart of Big Ten Country. Let's hope Coach Zo see's something beyond what is on paper.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

I'd say it's time for you to go take your afternoon nap right after you get your milk from your grandma's ta-ta!

Brilliant repartee, dipstick!

VolNationPride writes:

I'm not sure how many of you watched the video on him. He doesn't look like the flashiest player, sort of raw. But, the kid has very nice form on his jump shot; he has a nice release and gets good height when he jumps, nice height on the arc of the ball. From what I could tell, he can atleast dribble some too, was fluid when bouncing the ball.

I really think that Coach Martin saw what this kid can bring, with some coaching he could be a solid player.

volinlouisiana writes:

in response to orangepeel:

What difference does it make how high he can jump ? I know Martin has been handed a bad situation but the players he has recruited so far are more like role players than go to players. Everyone one he has signed can jump,play d, and run the court, but all three are suspect shooters. This is not a good combination. We already have enough players like that.

My point was that the kid has raw ability. The recruiting experts have basically said the reason he's not ranked higher is his relative newness to the game, and his lack of AAU experience. Combine his raw athleticism and good pedigree and you have a player that in a year or two could be a very good player. At this stage of the recruiting game, that is about the best you can hope for.

tdvol1989 writes:

Lots of lunkheads here. I'll take a 2nd Team All State Illinois player with a limited AAU schedule and a 42" vertical who can score.

Once again, just like Dooley, this is Cuonzo's first big time job. Do you really think he wants to blow it?!? If you have read anything about him or heard him, he is ANYTHING but stupid. He is competitive and has something to prove. Every kid HE has signed has comments on their character and hard play.

If the players take a year or 2 to develop, so be it. The alternative is to play walk ons. I am on the Coach Martin bandwagon. And, when some of these WHO??? signees become really good Jrs. and Srs., you can all EAT IT!!!

VolGrad writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Even the guy with the 6th grade education should be able to read.

GBO!

SmokeyWazHere writes:

Zzzzzz Our quest toward mediocrity continues. Lets hope that Hamilton gets fired soon so we can end this nonsense

Nevertheless GBO.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

I read your post until you said St. Louis is a well respected program. Please stop embarrasing yourself and stop posting.

St.Louis IS a well respected program! What's wrong with you?

grrflash writes:

another long shot project.....

BigBadVol writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

I read your post until you said St. Louis is a well respected program. Please stop embarrasing yourself and stop posting.

This shows how ignorant you are about basketball.

slb#1351874 writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

How ignorant can fans be? First of all, St. Louis is a well respected program, along with some of the others mentioned. These coaches are well paid to evaluate talent. Some of you think you know more than these coaches. It's a joke. Some of you are as ignorant as they come.

Right on sir.
I have learned in my long life that one can't regulate ignorance so you just accept the fact that these people exist and it is our duty to pray for them on a regular basis because ignorance is terminal.
Have a good day sir and Go Big Orange. VFL.

VOLliven2it writes:

in response to BluezVol:

Maybe I'm wrong, but choosing b/t St Louis and Tennessee is concerning. He has good pedigree but I'd prefer "coveted" recruits rather than obscure ones. Of course, I realize that any of us can point to a coveted recruit who turned out to be a bum - but I'll take a squad of 4-5 coveted recruits over "never heard of recruits" anytime - just ask Calipari (sp?)

Fine BluezVol, YOU go get those 4-5 covetos to come to a place of uncertainty with unknowns at head coach etc. YOU see how easy it is with kids not knowing if they will get to be in an NCAA tournament if they win enough because of possible sanctions. I would love to have the coveted too but that is a little over positive until we find out how hard we are smacked by the NCAA. Calipari takes any high profile letters he can get qualified or not. But that's a conversation for another day.

VOLliven2it writes:

in response to marnel1958:

That's better than Miss Demeanor !!

And much better than Miss DeBasket!

Go4Two writes:

Sounds like a good wideout..

OwensboroVol writes:

A hard recruiting battle between Tennessee and the local Community College up there. Whew!!!! With recruits like these we can count on at least 4-5 wins a season.

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