Kenny Hall reinstated

Tennessee forward Kenny Hall (20) shoots the ball as Kentucky forward Anthony Davis (23) defends at Thompson-Boling Arena in Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.  Kentucky defeated Tennessee 65-62.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee forward Kenny Hall (20) shoots the ball as Kentucky forward Anthony Davis (23) defends at Thompson-Boling Arena in Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 65-62. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee rising senior Kenny Hall has been reinstated to the Vols' men's basketball team after being suspended the final nine games of the season.

UT coach Cuonzo Martin said Hall will be with his teammates when they start spring workouts next Tuesday.

"Kenny's back in the fold,'' Martin said Tuesday morning. "Kenny is a good young man, and I believe he has learned a valuable lesson and he's ready to move forward.''

Hall was suspended indefinitely on Feb. 15, prior to the Vols' 77-58 home win over Arkansas, for conduct detrimental to the team.

Martin wouldn't specify Hall's violation, and he said it has been dealt with and is now behind him and the player.

Hall started the two games prior to his suspension, giving him a career-high 16 starts this season in the 25 games he played.

The 6-foot-9, 222-pound Hall averaged 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season, and he was leading the team with 25 blocked shots at the time of his suspension.

Martin said he has reason to believe Hall will make great strides at center in the offseason.

"Kenny has been spending his time in the weight room and the gym,'' Martin said. "He's hungry to get back on the court.''

The Vols return their top four front-line players in Hall, Second-team All-SEC forward Jeronne Maymon, All-SEC freshman pick Jarnell Stokes and rising sophomore Yemi Makanjuola.

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volstudent24 writes:

glad to see this! already excited for next season.

b16VOLster writes:

Glad to see Hall reinstated, good for him. Anxious to see how CCM manages all that talent on the frontline.

FWBVol writes:

At 222 pounds Hall would seem to be the small forward in this group although he is the tallest player.

I applaud CCM for sticking to his guns on this suspension. Fans don't need to know everything that happens behind closed doors or all the inner workings of a team. It would have been easy for some coaches to say Hall paid his dues after sitting out the end of the regular season. When Maymon's knee starting giving him problems, some coaches would have reinstated Hall.

This sends a message that CCM is serious about things and the players know inappropriate behavior will be dealt with severly.

brod writes:

finally....good and deep front court for next season. could have used him against ole miss in the tourney and mtsu.

underthehill writes:

look for Hall to come back wanting to be his best..huge boost for next year...

keepitreal4vols writes:

Lose 1, gain 1. Back to equal.

born2ride writes:

A waste of a scholarship.

madrigal writes:

Glad to see this. I bet it was academics.

samvol writes:

in response to born2ride:

A waste of a scholarship.

stop being so bitter, are you still paying back your student loans? lol...Hall wont have any...

CoverOrange writes:

in response to b16VOLster:

Glad to see Hall reinstated, good for him. Anxious to see how CCM manages all that talent on the frontline.

It would be interesting if CCM had Hall and Stokes at post and PF and slid Maymon out to the wing, to have all three in at the same time how would opponents match up?

richvol writes:

If Kenny would get serious about gaining some strength in his upper body this offseason maybe he could be more than just an average post player. He looks exactly the same as he did three years ago as a freshman. The weight program in the men's and women's BB program is not very effective.

lomas98 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

At 222 pounds Hall would seem to be the small forward in this group although he is the tallest player.

I applaud CCM for sticking to his guns on this suspension. Fans don't need to know everything that happens behind closed doors or all the inner workings of a team. It would have been easy for some coaches to say Hall paid his dues after sitting out the end of the regular season. When Maymon's knee starting giving him problems, some coaches would have reinstated Hall.

This sends a message that CCM is serious about things and the players know inappropriate behavior will be dealt with severly.

I applaud Martin as well. There is no better time to start a precedent than at the beginning. If he let him come back during Maymon's injury, that would be what everybody else could expect if they did something in the future. Not sure what Hall did, but it really doesn't matter to me, I'm not the coach. I know every suspension is different and kids will be knuckleheads, but at least the kids may think twice because they may be sitting a long time based on this.

We will have a good frontline next year, but Martin needs to concentrate on bigger bodies in recruiting for when these guys leave. Maymon and Hall will be graduating and who knows what Stokes will do...will probably depend on the season he has, but it is a possibility we could lose all 3 after next season.

Southland writes:

who will be cut from the present roster to make room for the recruit One more will have to go

crappieking writes:

Great news! Go get them Kenny.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to brod:

finally....good and deep front court for next season. could have used him against ole miss in the tourney and mtsu.

I chose to respond to the somewhat positive post of yours. WTG
I'm sure there was sarcasm involved here but I also choose to believe you meant what you said.hehe
Waste of scholly? who knows the future? You don't.

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to Southland:

who will be cut from the present roster to make room for the recruit One more will have to go

Wes Washpun was granted a release yesterday.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

It would be interesting if CCM had Hall and Stokes at post and PF and slid Maymon out to the wing, to have all three in at the same time how would opponents match up?

Not having Woolridge to come in with his little boosts of energy may be a good thing. Makanjuola is a huge plus...I hope he gains some muscle this summer. Actually I'd like to see Hall gain some muscle...well all of them.
I hope our new PG can pass it inside.lol

TG. I know you are a good point guard compared to most out there. But your D is weak against a PG who can drive. Your passing is weak when it comes to finding the man inside. The ball just will not go through people. You have to get an angle.

lyafarre writes:

With Kenny's frame, he'll never reach his full potential on the court playing at less than about 250 lbs. Here's hoping he's learned whatever lesson CCM was trying to teach him, and he puts in the kind of effort this offseason he'll need in order to really contribute next season.
Assuming he does that, I'm pretty excited about our rotation of big guys next season!

lyafarre writes:

in response to richvol:

If Kenny would get serious about gaining some strength in his upper body this offseason maybe he could be more than just an average post player. He looks exactly the same as he did three years ago as a freshman. The weight program in the men's and women's BB program is not very effective.

Disagree with your comment about the weight program....look at Maymon and Golden. My guess is that Kenny's just had problems taking advantage of it. Hopefully CCM can get him to buy in and maybe take care of what appear to be some maturity issues.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to born2ride:

A waste of a scholarship.

born2ride - a waste of skin.

Tenn_Traveler writes:

Gotta be proud of how Coach Martin is leading our program and representing the Univiersity!!!
GBO

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to richvol:

If Kenny would get serious about gaining some strength in his upper body this offseason maybe he could be more than just an average post player. He looks exactly the same as he did three years ago as a freshman. The weight program in the men's and women's BB program is not very effective.

I somehow missed this post.

I agree Kenny needs to beef-up. However this is I think more a personal issue than a programmed training?? maybe. I've never seen teams that have everyone at the weight and muscle strength coaches desire. Kentucky maybe this year...but that had nothing to do with Kentucky's program. The kids there don't look too much different than when they first arrived.
You may have a point though.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Not having Woolridge to come in with his little boosts of energy may be a good thing. Makanjuola is a huge plus...I hope he gains some muscle this summer. Actually I'd like to see Hall gain some muscle...well all of them.
I hope our new PG can pass it inside.lol

TG. I know you are a good point guard compared to most out there. But your D is weak against a PG who can drive. Your passing is weak when it comes to finding the man inside. The ball just will not go through people. You have to get an angle.

Mak will be a project for all four of his years. He looks completely lost on offense if there is anyone between him and the basket.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Just glad he is back and hope he tows the line in whatever the "deal" was. GO BIG ORANGE!

brod writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

I chose to respond to the somewhat positive post of yours. WTG
I'm sure there was sarcasm involved here but I also choose to believe you meant what you said.hehe
Waste of scholly? who knows the future? You don't.

this is about the dumbest post/reply that i have seen in my few years of posting on this comment board. it makes no sense what so ever.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to richvol:

If Kenny would get serious about gaining some strength in his upper body this offseason maybe he could be more than just an average post player. He looks exactly the same as he did three years ago as a freshman. The weight program in the men's and women's BB program is not very effective.

In a speed sport like basketball, you don't want to add bulk to players for its own sake. You want them as strong as possible without losing speed, quickness, endurance on the court, or extra weight that puts undue pressure on their knees. Kenny looks to me like a naturally slim guy who doesn't have the frame for 20 or more extra pounds. If you put him next to Stokes or Maymon, for example, their shoulders and hips are MUCH wider than his. He needs additional skill development more than he needs extra weight anyway, IMHO.

FanNotSheep writes:

Time for Hall to live up to his potential. Maybe whatever the problem was had something to do with his lack of production. At first it was foul trouble, but then something else seemed to always hold him back. If he and Maymon and Stokes all row in the same direction next year and the new signee is the answer at point, allowing Golden to play half his minutes at the two, the Vols could be much improved.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Well this is good news and it appears that CCM played it right with his punishment.

Kenny could become a very good player.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to samvol:

stop being so bitter, are you still paying back your student loans? lol...Hall wont have any...

I don't think you need Student Loans for a G.E.D. Show up 3 nights a week in the basement of Old Knoxville High like born2ride did and you can get your diploma.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Time for Hall to live up to his potential. Maybe whatever the problem was had something to do with his lack of production. At first it was foul trouble, but then something else seemed to always hold him back. If he and Maymon and Stokes all row in the same direction next year and the new signee is the answer at point, allowing Golden to play half his minutes at the two, the Vols could be much improved.

Personally, I think Golden will one of the two or three top PGs in the SEC next year. Otherwise I don't disagree with much of this, but, IIRC, Hall had two of his best games perhaps in his whole career just before he was suspended. I was frankly surprised that Martin allowed him to come back after suspending him for so long. However, as others said, the fact that Martin didn't cut him loose completely after a couple of weeks of suspension was an argument that he would eventually be back. Let's all just hope the proper lessons were learned and Kenny can make a good contribution to what should be an excellent Vol team next year.

RockyTopVolFan writes:

Welcome back Kenny, stay straight and don't waste your good future. You have more to lose than the average player. CCM and Vol fans believe in you, don't let us or yourself down!

1vavolfan writes:

Losing Hall really hurt, especially against MTSU and Ole Miss. It put Stokes in a very bad situation where he had to play around 30 minutes a game and too much was asked of him at so early a stage in his career. Hopefully sitting in Gibbs Hall while his team was celebrating a win over Vandy on senior day is enough to keep him straight in the future. On the bright side Yemi did get some great experience for next season.

Razor784 writes:

Vols return their top 5 front line players, don't forget about Dwight Miller

tennisvol writes:

CM needs to go out and recruit some players that can shoot from the outside because next year other teams will load up on the inside.

mikkim writes:

in response to born2ride:

A waste of a scholarship.

Maybe...but you are a waste of oxygen every day you breathe. You must have been the last one picked for everything in your life.....including common sense.

springtx_vol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Personally, I think Golden will one of the two or three top PGs in the SEC next year. Otherwise I don't disagree with much of this, but, IIRC, Hall had two of his best games perhaps in his whole career just before he was suspended. I was frankly surprised that Martin allowed him to come back after suspending him for so long. However, as others said, the fact that Martin didn't cut him loose completely after a couple of weeks of suspension was an argument that he would eventually be back. Let's all just hope the proper lessons were learned and Kenny can make a good contribution to what should be an excellent Vol team next year.

TG will not have the opportunity to be a top point guard unless he improves his defense next year. CCM had no option other than TG this past year. Next year he does. I predict it is going to be another McRae syndrome. No extended minutes regardless of how much offense you bring if you don't play defense. TG could not cut anyone off on the drive late in the year.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to brod:

this is about the dumbest post/reply that i have seen in my few years of posting on this comment board. it makes no sense what so ever.

LOL NOW you know how everyone else feels about your posts..

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to johnlg00:

In a speed sport like basketball, you don't want to add bulk to players for its own sake. You want them as strong as possible without losing speed, quickness, endurance on the court, or extra weight that puts undue pressure on their knees. Kenny looks to me like a naturally slim guy who doesn't have the frame for 20 or more extra pounds. If you put him next to Stokes or Maymon, for example, their shoulders and hips are MUCH wider than his. He needs additional skill development more than he needs extra weight anyway, IMHO.

didn't think of that. I suppose I was thinking of making him a Stokes.hehe

BigHouse_of_IceGulp writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

It would be interesting if CCM had Hall and Stokes at post and PF and slid Maymon out to the wing, to have all three in at the same time how would opponents match up?

I was thinking the same thing. Maymon's shot is not too good past 12 feet but CCM says he can defend that position. It could create some clearout matchup problems in the post against smaller forwards. Should be interesting to see if any of the new wings can handle the ball, pass, and shoot at a SEC quality level. If so, this may be a lineup we see.

Ironcity writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

TG will not have the opportunity to be a top point guard unless he improves his defense next year. CCM had no option other than TG this past year. Next year he does. I predict it is going to be another McRae syndrome. No extended minutes regardless of how much offense you bring if you don't play defense. TG could not cut anyone off on the drive late in the year.

It would have been nice if someone helped or chipped every now and then. Those guards would go in off a pick and not worry about their shot being blocked. Golden wasn't great but the rest of the team stopped playing team defense.

underthehill writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

TG will not have the opportunity to be a top point guard unless he improves his defense next year. CCM had no option other than TG this past year. Next year he does. I predict it is going to be another McRae syndrome. No extended minutes regardless of how much offense you bring if you don't play defense. TG could not cut anyone off on the drive late in the year.

McBee improved his defense a lot during the season and did far better than I thought he could..so maybe it is possible for Golden to get better..but this year he was the obvious target for the opponent to isolate and take advantage of in clutch situations..but I know TN needed his offense..he may be the best clutch shooter on the team and may be an outstanding shooting guard if used in that capacity..I did think he played too many minutes and was bushed late in several games UT lost..give him credit for being huge in the 2nd place SEC finish..but as for being a top point guard..I didn't see that..the guy from MTSU looked a little better and he is not
SEC..

FanNotSheep writes:

One thing we will see is the impact of an offseason with Martin and the players knowing each other and what each guy needs to work on. I hope Stokes, Maymon and Hall spend lots of hours working together to learn how to offensively and defensively complement each other's game. Stokes is so young, I could see him adding an inch or two in height. UT could really have an imposing front court next year.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

TG will not have the opportunity to be a top point guard unless he improves his defense next year. CCM had no option other than TG this past year. Next year he does. I predict it is going to be another McRae syndrome. No extended minutes regardless of how much offense you bring if you don't play defense. TG could not cut anyone off on the drive late in the year.

I think Trae was wearing down at the end of the season having to play so many minutes because there was no one else nearly as effective to give him a rest. Unless one of the returnees or newcomers proves to be MUCH better than Trae, which is unlikely because of experience alone, the job will be his to lose. I DO hope we find somebody good enough to give him regular rest so he doesn't get burnt out--and in any case, I hope Martin manages his minutes better--but I just have the feeling that a lot of people want to make him some kind of scapegoat for the Vols' failure to go on either to the NCAAs or going further in the NIT.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to brod:

this is about the dumbest post/reply that i have seen in my few years of posting on this comment board. it makes no sense what so ever.

Golly Brentrod!!! When did you not change your handle to born2ride???
My bad. hmmm I was wondering why b2r had two posts that said such different things.

I'm redfaced right now and deserve it, I honestly thought I was responding to two different b2R posts. Then I responded again to your post instead of his. I hope that explains the "dumb" post. btw it's NOT my first dumb post ever. Ask anybody.

RoadTrip writes:

Good job Kenny. Stay true to the Coach's program and good things can happen.

With the strong experience coming back, another year in the S&C program, the incoming recruits filling areas of need, and another year in the same system - I can see why Coach Zo is high on the team's prospects for next season.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

It would have been nice if someone helped or chipped every now and then. Those guards would go in off a pick and not worry about their shot being blocked. Golden wasn't great but the rest of the team stopped playing team defense.

Good point. With Martin's defensive philosophy, the whole team has to play good defense TOGETHER. Late in the season, Stokes still didn't always make the right rotations and Maymon was hurt so that he couldn't always be in the right place, either.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

One thing we will see is the impact of an offseason with Martin and the players knowing each other and what each guy needs to work on. I hope Stokes, Maymon and Hall spend lots of hours working together to learn how to offensively and defensively complement each other's game. Stokes is so young, I could see him adding an inch or two in height. UT could really have an imposing front court next year.

Somebody on here who said he had seen a lot of Stokes in HS said that he was about as big then as he is now. This suggests to me that he is not likely to get any taller, but he surely CAN be and WILL be BETTER. He is tall enough to play in the NBA when his skills catch up to his body.

Basketvol writes:

Glad to hear Kenny is back with the team. I really like the way Coach Martin handled this, with class. I really look forward to seeing this team next year after a full off-season together. I've said it before and I'll say it again. This is a team on its way up. Anyone who can't see that is blinded by negativity or has a hidden agenda.

VolGrad writes:

I would correct a certain poster-child on here, but it would just be a "waste of my time."

Go Vols!

Dougb-VFL writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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I just had to take this chance to agree with you because I know that Cuonzo could have used him but stood by his decision to make Kenny learn a lesson that he is part of a team and all are held accountable for their actions. I am hoping that he will improve after this and I am also hoping that he will complete a few of the dunks he attempted because there was alot of highlight reel material for him if he could have finished! Cuonzo is going to do great things for our beloved Vols during his tenure. VFL

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