"There are requirements we must meet, and I believe we are meeting them,''Martin said Thursday, referring to UT maintaining its full compliment of scholarships by complying with NCAA Academic Progress Rate guidelines. "As far as the grades, it's all about each guy being the best he can be and giving the best effort. There's no certain (GPA) number.
"We've improved the past two semesters, and there's no reason to believe we won't improve again.''
The men's basketball team posted a 2.55 GPA this spring, up from 2.37 in the fall semester of 2011 and 2.25 in the spring of 2011.
Martin was hired on March 27, 2011, after a lengthy NCAA investigation led to the termination of former coach Bruce Pearl and his staff.
Martin said he didn't think the off-the-court distraction of the NCAA investigation of former coach Bruce Pearl and his staff and the subsequent coaching change in March, 2011, serves as an excuse for poor classroom performance.
"Regardless of what's going on, the players still have a responsibility,'' he said. "If you want to get it done, you'll get it done. As a student-athlete, you still have a job to do. It's a matter of how much do you want to put forth.
"My job is to make sure these young men learn to always put forth their best effort — on and off the court.''
SHOT Program: Martin announced his program is launching Statewide Hoops Outreach Tour or SHOT this summer.
The SHOT Clinics include stops in Chattanooga, Greeneville, Memphis and Nashville and will provide instruction to all boys entering kindergarten through sixth grade.
"We're always looking for ways to enhance our profile and give back to our fans and the communities,'' Martin said. "Camps and clinics are one way to do that, but we know a lot of kids who see us on TV can't always afford to come to our travel to our camps here."
The cost to attend the two-hour clinic is $20 per child and includes a basketball and a T-shirt.
For more information, call 865-974-0703.Schedule Additions: Martin said the Vols have agreed in principle to play Xavier and Wichita State in home-and-home series. UT will play host to the Musketeers and Shockers this season before traveling to their arenas the following season.
The Vols also enter into a home-and-home with Virginia next season, playing the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va., before Virginia plays in Knoxville the following season. UT also hosts Memphis is a non-conference game next season and will play a yet-to-be-named opponent from the Big East, likely on the road, in the SEC/Big East Challenge.
The dates for the games won't be set until after the SEC sets the conference schedule this fall.
Martin said it's his hope the Vols will continue to play border-state rival Kentucky twice.
"Of course we want that,'' he said. "It's a good series I think our fans enjoy, and that's a quality program for us to compete with.''
NBA Eyes: Martin said he and his staff are enjoying watching the NBA playoffs, but also, learning.
"I love watching basketball this time of year; as a staff we've picked different teams to follow, scout and evaluate in the playoffs,'' Martin said. "We try to pick different plays and schemes we like. My favorite teams to watch are San Antonio, Boston and the Pacers. They all run good set plays.''
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee athletics. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32