Galen Campbell on board as UT walk-on

Galen Campbell is on board with new Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin.

The 6-foot-4 wing and 2011 Fulton High School graduate met with Martin on Saturday morning and confirmed his status as an invited walk-on for the Vols.

Campbell was an invited walk-on under former UT coach Bruce Pearl, who was fired March 21 and replaced by Martin on March 27.

After Pearl was fired, Campbell said he received new recruiting interest from Division I programs Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun Conference) and High Point University (Big South Conference).

UT, meanwhile, continued to show interest when one of Martin’s newly hired assistants, Kent Williams, came to Fulton to scout Campbell.

“I worked out a couple of months ago for Coach Williams,” Campbell said Sunday. “He came to school and watched me work out with Jon Higgins (Fulton assistant coach and former UT player).”

Campbell said he felt comfortable after Saturday’s meeting with Martin.

“It went good,” Campbell said. “He just talked about the guidelines, what to expect and all of that, and he said how hard I had to work, and how I’ve got to do the right things on and off the court.”

By NCAA rules, Martin can’t comment on invited walk-ons before they enroll in school because they aren’t signees, and they still may be recruited and decide to go elsewhere until enrolling.

Campbell said Martin made it clear what he expects.

“He just told me I had to work on everything, and I needed to work much harder,” Campbell said. “He just laid down the blueprint for everything, how I’d be treated, fair and equal, like everybody else.”

Campbell, who averaged 24 points and nine rebounds last season for Fulton, plans to start working out with some of the Vols next week. He said he might attend summer school at UT in July, and he plans to play in the Pilot Rocky Top Summer League.

Campbell said Kennesaw State and High Point have not made scholarship offers, and any chance of him taking a late offer ended after Saturday’s meeting with Martin.

“That’s where I want to be,” Campbell said of UT. “My family’s here, my church is here, my parents will be able to watch me play. … I’m excited. I’ve just got to come in and work my butt off and work hard every day, and I should do well.”

Dave Link is a freelance contributor.

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EHScyclone writes:

Wouldn`t that speak well for our coaches...They go to all parts of the US and recruit all these 1 and 2 stars and here right under their nose is a better player...Even though a walk-on I hope he becomes a starter and a star...Doubt a coach would want that to happen but, we`ll see.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Better player? How so? Do you know more than most?

txvolsfan writes:

Lot of losers seem to post here!!!
EH and wall

bigsteve92 writes:

well some people read into the stars to much just becuase you got a team full of four and five stars dont make you a great team. butler doesnt have a player that was above 3 and they are back to back runner up in the national titles. some players just werent highly expose to the media. lacking of stars isnt saying you arent talented at all just mean you got less coverage sometimes

GR82BaTennesseeVOL writes:

This is expected, and is very good news. Campbell and Brandon Lopez have played together for years, so they will bring a lot of chemistry to some scholarship-free reserve spots.

PopsinCapetownSA writes:

Something not making sense here. A 24 and 9 player on getting offers from Kennesaw State and High Point University.

VolnTex writes:

in response to PopsinCapetownSA:

Something not making sense here. A 24 and 9 player on getting offers from Kennesaw State and High Point University.

I was thinking the same thing. Don't they have full scholarship players with worse high school stats than that?

ball1523 writes:

in response to VolnTex:

I was thinking the same thing. Don't they have full scholarship players with worse high school stats than that?

getting 24 and 9 here in knoxville isn't looked at the same as some other places. If he posted those stats in memphis or maybe even nashville he would have probably had more offers. Although the knoxville area has improved the competition still isn't that strong.

HtownVol writes:

When will the "star" fans stop?

Last season UT had 3 Four star players and 2 FIVE star players, STARTING!
That got us 15 L's! And a 30 point beating in the tourney by a team with 3 star players (maybe the thing UT calls a AD had a little to do with that).

UT still can easily put a starting 5 out of all 4 star players.

I was reading Trae Goldens recruiting observation yesterday, he can "light it up beyond the arc", How many 3's did Trae make? Better question, did Trae look like he has ever "lit it up" from even the free throw line?

Ronaldo "Swiper Boy" was a ESPN100 recruit, Is there a UT fan that would be wishing for another Swiper Boy player just because he has 4 stars?

Give CCM a chance, Bruce Pearl brought a guy named Ryan (something)

GIven each coach's 1st recruiting class Coach Martin has a heck of a leg up on BP.

Looking at CCM's class every player is rated at least a 80, (compare to football our top 10 class has a average rating of 78 per ESPN).

I am excited for these less recruited players to come in and work for PT and give
Trae,Ronaldo,Tatum,Hall,Maymon and trash talk on bus boy a reason to put effort into practice.

GO VOLS!

SouthernBoiNOLA writes:

in response to bigsteve92:

well some people read into the stars to much just becuase you got a team full of four and five stars dont make you a great team. butler doesnt have a player that was above 3 and they are back to back runner up in the national titles. some players just werent highly expose to the media. lacking of stars isnt saying you arent talented at all just mean you got less coverage sometimes

Actually....they had a four star player (Matt Howard) and a few 3 stars that developed to great players (Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack). I am by no means hung up on stars, but the fact is that most of the teams that are always in the hunt for final fours have the higher rated players. You do have expections, but generally, they are few and far between. Who knows, Coach Martin might be a awesome developer of talent, and might be one of those exceptions. We wont know until the season gets here.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Many of you don't know what you are talking about. If knoxville hoops are so weak, how come more kids don't post 24 and 9? Its not Memphis, but it doesn't have 1.2 million people in the metropolitan area like Memphis. Matter if fact, metro Knoxville has 600Kn the same amount as Shelby county alone. Some also forget that hoops isn't football. 1 or 2 players can change an entire program. These are mainly role players that are being added, with a chance that a couple develop. Add a 5* or two, that elevates these 2*s to 3 and 4 stars. I'm telling ya! A five star running back has no impact on a 2* safety. But a 5* PG or C elevates the production of everyone surrounding him. If we can bag the 5* big from Simeon High in Chicago and/or Stokes from Memphis and watch what happens. Don't forget the high end 4* from Clarksville (Proythress) and watch what happens. Suddenly these 1 and 2* guys will be very productive. What's funny is how some will down these kids. Both Campbell and Lopez are from parts of Knoxville that some of you simpletons would be scared to walk through. Rather than gang banging they are on a path to be successful. On top of that, both BLEED ORANGE and will represent our university well, unlike some of our idiot fans.

SanDestinVol writes:

in response to HtownVol:

When will the "star" fans stop?

Last season UT had 3 Four star players and 2 FIVE star players, STARTING!
That got us 15 L's! And a 30 point beating in the tourney by a team with 3 star players (maybe the thing UT calls a AD had a little to do with that).

UT still can easily put a starting 5 out of all 4 star players.

I was reading Trae Goldens recruiting observation yesterday, he can "light it up beyond the arc", How many 3's did Trae make? Better question, did Trae look like he has ever "lit it up" from even the free throw line?

Ronaldo "Swiper Boy" was a ESPN100 recruit, Is there a UT fan that would be wishing for another Swiper Boy player just because he has 4 stars?

Give CCM a chance, Bruce Pearl brought a guy named Ryan (something)

GIven each coach's 1st recruiting class Coach Martin has a heck of a leg up on BP.

Looking at CCM's class every player is rated at least a 80, (compare to football our top 10 class has a average rating of 78 per ESPN).

I am excited for these less recruited players to come in and work for PT and give
Trae,Ronaldo,Tatum,Hall,Maymon and trash talk on bus boy a reason to put effort into practice.

GO VOLS!

Well said. I'm onboard.

hueypilot writes:

in response to wallandhiker:

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REfresh my memory. Where is it you coach or what are you credentials on evaluation of talent. I'm sure you've got way more experience in this than that Martin guy.

Ironcity writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Many of you don't know what you are talking about. If knoxville hoops are so weak, how come more kids don't post 24 and 9? Its not Memphis, but it doesn't have 1.2 million people in the metropolitan area like Memphis. Matter if fact, metro Knoxville has 600Kn the same amount as Shelby county alone. Some also forget that hoops isn't football. 1 or 2 players can change an entire program. These are mainly role players that are being added, with a chance that a couple develop. Add a 5* or two, that elevates these 2*s to 3 and 4 stars. I'm telling ya! A five star running back has no impact on a 2* safety. But a 5* PG or C elevates the production of everyone surrounding him. If we can bag the 5* big from Simeon High in Chicago and/or Stokes from Memphis and watch what happens. Don't forget the high end 4* from Clarksville (Proythress) and watch what happens. Suddenly these 1 and 2* guys will be very productive. What's funny is how some will down these kids. Both Campbell and Lopez are from parts of Knoxville that some of you simpletons would be scared to walk through. Rather than gang banging they are on a path to be successful. On top of that, both BLEED ORANGE and will represent our university well, unlike some of our idiot fans.

I hope your right about the 5 stars but my sources say there is no chance on Poythruss unless Martin absolutely wows him. As for the 5 stars making a difference. That is true. A great PG will make everyone better and a bad PG will make everyone worse (see UT last season). I think we will be decent next season but the season after will have to be spiced with some big time talent or I think we are in big trouble.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Aweww all by yourself you came up with that
Oh thrill seeker if the message board lol

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to Ironcity:

I hope your right about the 5 stars but my sources say there is no chance on Poythruss unless Martin absolutely wows him. As for the 5 stars making a difference. That is true. A great PG will make everyone better and a bad PG will make everyone worse (see UT last season). I think we will be decent next season but the season after will have to be spiced with some big time talent or I think we are in big trouble.

Perhaps we don't get him. But we are recruiting him...are we not? People act like CCM isn't going after blue chip guys, like he's happy with 1* players. There are no blue chip players in this class, and we have holes to fill. So what's he to do, he has to find the best possible players left and that's what he's doing. As for Memphis recruits, what have they done for us? We can recruit them all we want, but their lack of loyalty toward us has been quite laughable. People need to wake up and smell the coffee. The mess Bruce Pearl left us is the main issue here. Deny it if you will, but I hope Pearl gets a show cause and never gets a major D-1 job again. He has drug Tennessee's name threw the mud and left us dangling in the wind. Those denying it and blaming Martin can say what they want, but its true.

carbonzip writes:

Woolridge has the opportunity to redeem his basketball career and develop interest in his music career at the same time. The opportunity is the inside game. C'mon Swiperboy!

dcap8424 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Many of you don't know what you are talking about. If knoxville hoops are so weak, how come more kids don't post 24 and 9? Its not Memphis, but it doesn't have 1.2 million people in the metropolitan area like Memphis. Matter if fact, metro Knoxville has 600Kn the same amount as Shelby county alone. Some also forget that hoops isn't football. 1 or 2 players can change an entire program. These are mainly role players that are being added, with a chance that a couple develop. Add a 5* or two, that elevates these 2*s to 3 and 4 stars. I'm telling ya! A five star running back has no impact on a 2* safety. But a 5* PG or C elevates the production of everyone surrounding him. If we can bag the 5* big from Simeon High in Chicago and/or Stokes from Memphis and watch what happens. Don't forget the high end 4* from Clarksville (Proythress) and watch what happens. Suddenly these 1 and 2* guys will be very productive. What's funny is how some will down these kids. Both Campbell and Lopez are from parts of Knoxville that some of you simpletons would be scared to walk through. Rather than gang banging they are on a path to be successful. On top of that, both BLEED ORANGE and will represent our university well, unlike some of our idiot fans.

I agree with your post for the most part. I think CCM has done the best anyone could have expected him to do with this first recruiting class.

The last part of your statement is rather confusing. Are you suggesting that only simpletons are afraid of walking through dangerous neighborhoods? Why wouldn't a smart person be afraid? I'm not sure why you brought this up at all since you have no idea where these kids live. Just because you know where they went to high school doesn't mean they necessarily live in a bad part of town. You should stick to what you know.

Also, Wayne Chism was a Memphis recruit that turned out pretty well. One of the best all time vol ballers IMHO.

born2ride writes:

Give Martin 2 years and we will be up to the level of Missouri Valley Conference teams.

RockyTop1_old writes:

Glad to have another Falcon at UT!! As a graduate of Fulton I am really happy when they do well. Look at what they have done in basketball and football the last few years and it shows that they are being coached well. GO VOLS!! VFL!!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to dcap8424:

I agree with your post for the most part. I think CCM has done the best anyone could have expected him to do with this first recruiting class.

The last part of your statement is rather confusing. Are you suggesting that only simpletons are afraid of walking through dangerous neighborhoods? Why wouldn't a smart person be afraid? I'm not sure why you brought this up at all since you have no idea where these kids live. Just because you know where they went to high school doesn't mean they necessarily live in a bad part of town. You should stick to what you know.

Also, Wayne Chism was a Memphis recruit that turned out pretty well. One of the best all time vol ballers IMHO.

I call them simpletons because that's what they are. And Chism was from Jackson not Memphis. That's like saying a kid from Morristown is from Knoxville. Just saying.

dcap8424 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

I call them simpletons because that's what they are. And Chism was from Jackson not Memphis. That's like saying a kid from Morristown is from Knoxville. Just saying.

So if you're afraid of walking through a dangerous neighborhood, you're a simpleton. That makes sense? Did you read what you wrote? You still don't know where these kids live or grew up, so you're whole point is still kind of lost.

Chism played ball in Memphis I wasn't commenting on his home town.

CUSA_NEWS writes:

Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, Witherspoon, Chris Crawford, Will Barton, Adonis Thomas, Stan Simpson, Carmouche, Farakhon Hall etc. are going to stomp a mud hole in the My-cousin-Vinnie yutes!

sportsgirl writes:

Hope he'll come in with a chip on his shoulder not expecting anything. I like players with fundamentals and a good work ethic. I am hopeful that he has both. Saw him play a few times last year. If the coaching staff will help him mature as a player and he puts in the work needed, I think he can be good. Always happy to hear a person has the opportunity to continue their education!
Go Vols!

Franktown writes:

in response to dcap8424:

So if you're afraid of walking through a dangerous neighborhood, you're a simpleton. That makes sense? Did you read what you wrote? You still don't know where these kids live or grew up, so you're whole point is still kind of lost.

Chism played ball in Memphis I wasn't commenting on his home town.

Chism played high school ball at Bolivar, south of Jackson.

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