Vols prepare for last game in Italy; Derek Reese has torn labrum

Tennessee players Yemi Makanjuola, Derek Reese, Armani Moore, Rob Murphy, Josh Richardson, Kenny Hall and Dwight Miller enjoy the team's farewell dinner at the Palace Hotel in Como. The Vols were presented with a cake, which was promptly inhaled.  UT's final game in Italy comes Tuesday night with departure for the U.S. scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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Tennessee players Yemi Makanjuola, Derek Reese, Armani Moore, Rob Murphy, Josh Richardson, Kenny Hall and Dwight Miller enjoy the team's farewell dinner at the Palace Hotel in Como. The Vols were presented with a cake, which was promptly inhaled. UT's final game in Italy comes Tuesday night with departure for the U.S. scheduled for Wednesday morning.

COMO, Italy — Tennessee basketball can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It's shining over the Alps.

The Vols arrived in Como on Monday afternoon and unpacked their bags one last time. The team's 10-day, four-game whirlwind tour of Italy has reached its final destination.

Upon arrival, sophomore Brandon Lopez wrote on Twitter, "Lake Como is real life hot."

We think that's a good thing.

On Wednesday it will be over. Back to Knoxville. Back to reality.

Before that, though, one last test awaits on international soil. The final game of the Vols' trip abroad comes Tuesday against Amici del Campetto at 8 p.m. local time, 2 p.m. ET. The matchup will follow UT's boat tour of Lake Como.

Arkansas, another SEC team meandering through Italy, beat Amici del Campetto, 129-87, on Sunday.

Coach Cuonzo Martin and the Vols are expected to arrive back stateside on Wednesday afternoon.

Reese Status: Although details have not been released, the News Sentinel has learned that Tennessee freshman Derek Reese suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder — his shooting arm — prior to the team's trip abroad. Asked for comment, Martin said, "Nothing until it's final. Allow the docs to see him and we go from there."

Reese will be reevaluated after the Vols return to Knoxville. The extent of the tear and the need for surgery won't be known until then.

The injury occurred after Reese returned from playing for the U19 Puerto Rican National Team in the Nike Global Challenge in mid-July. It's believed Reese suffered the tear while lifting weights, but he didn't realize something was wrong until attempting jump shots later at practice.

The labrum, thick tissue in the shoulder socket, can heal on its own, according the Cedars-Sinai Hospital Sports Medicine Program website. The site says when surgery is required, however, tennis and baseball players can sometimes take up to five months to be fully healthy to perform because of the nature of their sports.

According to the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the two types of surgeries carried out on labrum tears are either performed with an incision on the front of the shoulder or via arthroscopic techniques.

Vols To Scrimmage Georgia Tech: Martin revealed that UT will face Georgia Tech in a closed-door preseason scrimmage at Chattanooga on Oct. 28.

The scrimmage will be held at UTC's McKenzie Arena. Only team personnel and three referees will be permitted inside.

Georgia Tech finished 11-20 and 4-12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Brian Gregory's first season as coach.

UT director of basketball operations Houston Fancher said the teams agreed to meet in Chattanooga so that each could treat the scrimmage as a road game. UTC falls directly between the schools' campuses in Knoxville and Atlanta. The game's officials will be from the SEC, according to Fancher.

The NCAA allows teams to play either two closed-door scrimmages against other Division I programs, two exhibitions against non-DI teams that are open to fans and media or a combination of the two.

The Vols will host Victory University from Memphis in an open exhibition on Nov. 5 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Judging the Competition: The team UT beat last Friday in Monsummano Terme, BC Atletas Kaunas from Lithuania, proved itself to be a valid test.

Just ask Georgia and Purdue.

After beating the Bulldogs last week in Venice, Atletas beat the Boilermakers 82-79 in Montecatini on Sunday.

The first and third opponents of UT's four-game Italian tour were little more than international doormats. All Star Italy was beaten by 51 last Wednesday. BC Zeta Golubovci for Lithuania was beaten by 82 on Sunday.

The Vols' three-game average margin of victory is a stout 49.0 points per game.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn

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Comments » 17

TheSmokyMountainThatRides writes:

rub some dirt on it reese

exlineman writes:

Hope the injury is not as bad as it sounds. With medical care and proper exercise, he should be okay.

This team so far has been impressive, beleive we have a good coach, that will take this team to the big dance.

clvolfan writes:

Go BB Vols and get Reese's shoulder healed up and ready for a good season.

Volfan89 writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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You can't seriously believe that UT isn't good enough to make it to the NCAA tournament. I realize you're trolling, but at least make it feasible. Tennessee is picked to end up 3rd in the SEC, and I'm betting they'll do even better than that.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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Is that all you've got? I can only give you a 2 out of 10.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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I use to enjoy you guys coming around and being clever but man is this weak....I'm thinking we've been hijacked by a 3rd class from Okinawa or some weird place...if you're gonna waste my time at least make it funny....and let your daddy post...

exlineman writes:

in response to tennrich1:

I use to enjoy you guys coming around and being clever but man is this weak....I'm thinking we've been hijacked by a 3rd class from Okinawa or some weird place...if you're gonna waste my time at least make it funny....and let your daddy post...

You got that right tennrich,dudley field called and said they had found peabody jim's false teeth in the back of the bleachers. He is also known by 8 words or letters and other screen names.

lyafarre writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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Like Volfan89 and mountainbrook said: if you're gonna troll, at least put a little bit of effort into it and come up with something halfway decent. No one likes to see a sucky troll - it's just sad.
Oh, and try to avoid using words like "loser," because nothing spells loser like wasting time on opposing teams' websites trying to rile up a bunch of people you don't know.
Good talk

Basketvol writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Is that all you've got? I can only give you a 2 out of 10.

You're too generous.

lyafarre writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Is that all you've got? I can only give you a 2 out of 10.

Seriously, someone call the Pulitzer committee!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to lyafarre:

Like Volfan89 and mountainbrook said: if you're gonna troll, at least put a little bit of effort into it and come up with something halfway decent. No one likes to see a sucky troll - it's just sad.
Oh, and try to avoid using words like "loser," because nothing spells loser like wasting time on opposing teams' websites trying to rile up a bunch of people you don't know.
Good talk

lyafarre and fellow Vols,

Exactly friend. How very weak an effort at trolling. Both the numerical idiots, Eight and Seven have turned their trolling attention briefly from football and now to basketball.

How pathetic these guys are...........by now yes, the trolling has gotten very worn out and these kids are bringing exactly nothing to this site.

You know, the intelligent posters are seeking out some factual, sensible posts to which we can comment........but as we all know too well, a goodly percentage of what we're seeing is stuff from the :

1. trolls such as the kids, Seven and Eight
2. and, bandwagon wannabe Vol fans who gripe
about the team, the coaches, and U T
sports in general.

Pretty difficult to find a lot of conversations here that make any sense.

Fortunately, we do know who we can count on here.

johnlg00 writes:

Darn shame if Reese misses significant time. His international experience this summer combined with decent minutes on the Italian tour would have made him more ready than some true freshmen to be more than a fill-in this season. Good thing they weren't counting on him this season, but I hope this doesn't set him back too much for the long haul.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I feel good about our guards all around this year. But we will need good play from the bench when the starters are resting compared to last year. Heck we really need a coupla starters to do better this year...but I think they will. Let's hope Reese will be ok at least by Dec..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Get well soon..Godspeed & GBO!

BolivrBob writes:

Hope he's ok. Really looking forward to seeing him play.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Is that all you've got? I can only give you a 2 out of 10.

All his posts remind me of #2.........

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to kyvol98:

All his posts remind me of #2.........

You just made my day! lol I was needing a good laugh. Bout spewed my coffee all over my keyboard.

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