D'Montre Edwards, Armani Moore on campus; schedule near completion

R. Larry Smith's Dre Mathieu goes for a dunk to end the championship game of the Pilot Rocky Top League on Monday at Bearden High School. R. Larry Smith Insurance won 131-124.

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R. Larry Smith's Dre Mathieu goes for a dunk to end the championship game of the Pilot Rocky Top League on Monday at Bearden High School. R. Larry Smith Insurance won 131-124.

Pilot Rocky Top League commissioner on changes in 2013

Lost amid this week's hubbub over Cordarrelle Patterson's long-awaited arrival to Tennessee football was a pair of newcomers arriving to the basketball program.

Junior college transfer D'Montre Edwards and freshman Armani Moore completed coach Cuonzo Martin's 2012-13 roster on Thursday. Each worked out with the Vols, played a pickup game and began classes in UT's second summer session.

"They're officially in the fold," Martin said Friday.

Edwards and Moore joined freshman Derek Reese, who enrolled for the first summer session and has been involved in team activities since the spring. The two newcomers fill Martin's final two scholarship slots.

"They can play inside and outside, dribble the ball and get to the rim," Martin said. "Both have physical bodies and 200-plus pound frames. They've got all the tools to be really good players."

Edwards, who signed with the Vols on the first day of November's early signing period, averaged 14.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season at Brevard (Fla.) Community College. The Charleston, S.C., native is a 6-foot-6 slasher with a decent jumper and a knack for scoring at the rim. Edwards has two years of eligibility remaining.

Moore comes to UT from Mount Paran Christian, a Class A school in Kennesaw, Ga. The 6-5 guard averaged 22 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.9 blocks and 2.3 steals as a senior and relies heavily on 3-point shooting and mid-range, pull-up jumpers.

Prepping For Italy: Before jetting overseas for a four-game exhibition tour of Italy in early August, the Vols are allotted 10 practice sessions per NCAA rules. Martin said the first of those practices will be held July 16.

UT is already taking advantage of this summer's new NCAA rule allowing coaches to work with teams eight hours per week for eight weeks while players participate in summer classes. The 10 practices granted to Martin and the Vols will come in addition to that.

Rounding Out The Schedule: Martin said Kennesaw State and Western Carolina likely will fill two of the three remaining open slots on Tennessee's 2012-13 schedule. Deals with both those programs for "buy games" at Thompson-Boling Arena are nearly complete. The Vols' 12th and final non-conference game also will be a home contest against a low-major or mid-major program.

Other games scheduled include home contests against Xavier, Wichita State, Memphis and Oakland, road games at Georgetown (SEC/Big East Challenge) and Virginia, and three games in the Puerto Rico Tip-off.

North Carolina State, Massachusetts, UNC Asheville, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Providence and Akron will join Tennessee in Puerto Rico.

Rocky Top Review: Having dropped 31 points in the Pilot Rocky Top League championship game Monday, former Tennessee point guard Bobby Maze secured league MVP honors, according to commissioner Andre Whitehead.

In six Rocky Top League games, Maze averaged 31.5 points per game and led Larry Smith Insurance to a 5-1 record and the league title.

Maze edged UT's Jordan McRae for MVP honors. Playing for the league's second-highest scoring team, the junior accounted for 34.4 percent of Choice Spine's 716 total points. McRae had a league-record 64 points in a single game and captured the scoring crown at 41 points per game.

Other players recognized for their play in the Rocky Top League were UT's Josh Richardson and ETSU's Lester Wilson.

After a quiet debut in the 2011 Rocky Top League, Richardson averaged 24.3 points per game this summer and won Most Improved Player honors.

Wilson, selected in the seventh round of the league draft by DeRoyal Industries, was named Biggest Surprise Player after averaging 28.3 points and shooting 71.4 percent from inside the 3-point line.

Changes Ahead: After six years at Bearden High School, the Rocky Top League will be on the move in 2013.

A drop in attendance this summer necessitated the change.

"The heat finally caught up to us this year, as far as crowd attendance," Whitehead said. "The heat this year was probably as unbearable as it's ever been. It's definitely something that we're going to address and we're going to be in an air-conditioned facility for sure next year."

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stevefrommemphis writes:

Instead of scheduling Kennesaw State or Western Carolina, they should schedule a second game vs. Kentucky. If Slive doesn't like it, too bad.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Welcome to the hill..GBO!

Ironcity writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Instead of scheduling Kennesaw State or Western Carolina, they should schedule a second game vs. Kentucky. If Slive doesn't like it, too bad.

It takes two to tango

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

I hope the men will do better in Charlottesville than our girls did last year.
I was there to see Taber Spani go to the locker room with her injury and she never was the same after that game.

It would be great to see the guys beat UVA up here.............although Virginia will have a pretty good team also.

We shall see.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Welcome young men! We expect big things from you!

Go Vols!

MothershipChip writes:

I am of the opinion that Armani Moore will one day be a huge contributor for this ball club. Probably won't be this year, but I see it coming.

AHOUSE writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

I hope the men will do better in Charlottesville than our girls did last year.
I was there to see Taber Spani go to the locker room with her injury and she never was the same after that game.

It would be great to see the guys beat UVA up here.............although Virginia will have a pretty good team also.

We shall see.

I drove up from Richmond and saw the girls play like they didn't want to be there. I don't expect the men will have that problem.

Go vols football is on the way!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I know a teacher from Mt. Paran. I doubt he knows anything about Moore. The teacher's in to xboxz and gaming.lol
I'm guessing this school recruits from all over like Baylor or McCallie in Chattanooga. Anyhow he sounds like a player to me. I think Martin really does have a knack for under the radar players as do his assistants. AT LEAST WE HOPE SO!
It's ok to hope...really it is.

PHAT_VOL writes:

Edwards is a very good player and is taller than six six. He gets off the floor very quickly.
GO VOLS !!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

I know a teacher from Mt. Paran. I doubt he knows anything about Moore. The teacher's in to xboxz and gaming.lol
I'm guessing this school recruits from all over like Baylor or McCallie in Chattanooga. Anyhow he sounds like a player to me. I think Martin really does have a knack for under the radar players as do his assistants. AT LEAST WE HOPE SO!
It's ok to hope...really it is.

BB more than any other sport can locate talent national media has no idea about..Look at Butler and VCU for examples..If a coach can find players that fit with their coaching style they can win..I feel Cuonzo Martin has that kind of ability and knows exactly what he's looking for in an athlete..GBO!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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You win the big recruits will come, unless you pay them off with bribes from Worldwide Wes and guaranteed NBA dreams..I would be willing to bet none of the big five star recruits enrolling for a half semester at tucky have a third the character of Coach Martin's recruits.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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Witch Doctor say kinda like your dreams of being a big time sports writer and a hot wife? Witch Doctor say to us its "sports" to you its "life". Witch Doctor say we can rebuild...you not so much! lol
Bones never lie.

Snapshot writes:

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And you care about UT recruiting why....????

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Seriously, McRae averaged 41 points per game? I wonder what his percentage was.

It's hard for me to get too excited about basketball this close to the beginning of the football season. The problem the last few years has been that I've had to start looking forward to the basketball season half way through the football season. Hopefully, football will keep my full attention the entire season this year.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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These guys are going to be good for us. We've invested a lot in the '13 class. We're one of the top choices for each of the following recruits: (allegedly) Jonathan Williams III, Robert Hubbs, Markel Crawford, Austin Nichols, and Akoy Agau (along with a few others). If Martin can't land some big recruits, he probably won't win games. But it seems like we will probably be getting at least 2 of the players I just mentioned, and he already has done a great job with what he was given. No one is lowering expectations. Everyone will be pissed off if we don't win, but we have so far.

Have fun on this site! Everyone knows that only the coolest people talk trash on a rival team's site! To take the time out of your day to create an account on a website you hate in order to be spiteful just shows how awesome of a person you are.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

For those who haven't seen this yet, a great story about why the rest of America loves to hate the Tennessee Volunteers.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/12...#/articles/1248509-tennessee-football-top-nine-reasons-america-loves-to-hate-the-volunteers

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

For those who haven't seen this yet, a great story about why the rest of America loves to hate the Tennessee Volunteers.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/12...#/articles/1248509-tennessee-football-top-nine-reasons-america-loves-to-hate-the-volunteers

Thx MV, that explains a lot..GBO!!

FanNotSheep writes:

Had Pearl just admitted his violation to the NCAA we would still be making Kentucky fans sweat. Martin may have things back to that level soon anyway. Cat fans need to remember how Bernard King owned them and how the DeVoe-coached teams always gave them fits when old Joe B. was getting out-coached on a regular basis. No we didn't always have the thoroughbreds on the court but we held our own. It took decades to get back on track after the Wade Houston misadventure but Coach Cal is due to slip up again soon, so you might want to hold off on all your boasting. Things can turn around in a hurry when the NCAA comes snooping around.

brod writes:

a lot of in the closet tennessee basketball fans who say that they are kentucky fans. come out of the closet. why else would you be on this site?

voloffaith writes:

in response to brod:

a lot of in the closet tennessee basketball fans who say that they are kentucky fans. come out of the closet. why else would you be on this site?

Notice the time of her post.....insomnia....fixation....fascination....As that famous speech writer Joe Walsh said,".....it's hard to leave when you can't find the door.." Srettel Neves can't find the closet door handle cos he forgot it was a sliding door...sad lil story when one's life(apparently) finds it's shabby existence in a fantasy land of it's own creation...I AM THE KING OF GoVolsExtra!!!

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