UT men's basketball player Jeronne Maymon to redshirt

Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon (34) goes up for a basket as he is fouled by Ole Miss center Demarco Cox (4) during the first half in the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La., Friday, March 9, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, copyright © 2012

Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon (34) goes up for a basket as he is fouled by Ole Miss center Demarco Cox (4) during the first half in the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La., Friday, March 9, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

The speculation is over.

And so is Jeronne Maymon’s 2012-13 season.

The Tennessee senior forward will redshirt this season as a result of a left knee injury and intends to return to the Vols in 2013-14 as a fifth-year senior, UT coach Cuonzo Martin announced Sunday night in a university press release.

"It's really tough to know that I can't be on the court with my teammates this season," Maymon said in the release. "But I have confidence in them, just like I have confidence in these coaches and our medical staff. I know this is in my best interest, and I am going to work incredibly hard to come back as an even better player and teammate next season. I love Tennessee.

"I believe everything happens for a reason, and I see this injury as a blessing in disguise. God does not make mistakes."

Calls from the News Sentinel to Martin on Sunday night were not immediately responded to.

Inactive since playing two games during the Vols’ exhibition tour of Italy in August, Maymon has yet to practice during the ongoing UT season. The Vols are 8-4 without the preseason All-SEC second-team selection and are coming off an 85-80 loss to Memphis. UT begins SEC play Wednesday against Ole Miss.

Maymon underwent arthroscopic surgery to address a torn meniscus on March 20 at UT Medical Center. When the season arrived, he was out of service and on crutches.

As a result of student privacy laws, nothing was revealed by Martin or UT about the extent of the injury, the specifics of Maymon’s setbacks or a timetable for his return.

According to Sunday night’s release, Martin will comment on Maymon’s redshirt during a noon media luncheon on Monday.

On Dec. 11, UT director of compliance Todd Dooley told the News Sentinel that Maymon is eligible for a medical redshirt without any special NCAA waiver.

Having transferred to UT from Marquette nine games into his freshman year in 2009-10, Maymon will be a fifth-year senior in 2013-14, thus complying with NCAA eligibility rules.

Maymon's return will fill the program's last remaining available scholarship for next season.

The Madison, Wis., native averaged 12.7 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior.

Asked in late December if he would bring Maymon back for the final stages of this season if his knee were healed, Martin said, "I wouldn't bring him out if there's a month left in the season. I wouldn't do that to Jeronne."

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn

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Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

Glad to hear he's coming back next year, although we sure do miss his presence now. Better next year and healthy.

Love his perspective.

bspurlingcac#225603 writes:

This is for the best. This team will continue to develop this year and may still make the dance. Next year we will be awesome!!!

Go Vols

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Yes!!
Especially important if Stokes leaves.

Forgive the ignorance (I'm usually just stupid), what do the Vols have coming for next season?

huntined#565710 writes:

Hate that but it is the best decision.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say if hes back 100% , Stokes stays and with Hubbs and a Maturing Richardson Mcrae Golden and rest of team..look out. Witch Doctor say we could be a beast next season..but this season not over .
Bones never lie.

atnvol#283282 writes:

I appreciate Maymon's attitude and outlook about his injury. I wish him the utmost success in all his endeavors.

Vol_For_Life writes:

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lm5449#205749 writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Just a troll that gets laughed at.

1vavolfan writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Yes!!
Especially important if Stokes leaves.

Forgive the ignorance (I'm usually just stupid), what do the Vols have coming for next season?

Hubbs 5 star shooting guard, maybe best shooter in the nation

Davis 3 star power forward, father played in the NBA

Landry 3 star PG, soon to be downgraded to 2 star by recruiting services.

Should be a very good team next year but after that the recruiting really needs to pickup. With the exception of Hubbs and Stokes none of Martin's recruits would even be scouted by the Elite programs like Memphis, UK, and Florida.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Witch Doctor said "Stokes stays" what else did you read other than that? Witch Doctor not understand the pizz attitude. (?) its sports..lol
Bones never lie.

NorthwestVol writes:

Finished his quote with "I love Tennessee". That's my kind of Vol.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor said "Stokes stays" what else did you read other than that? Witch Doctor not understand the pizz attitude. (?) its sports..lol
Bones never lie.

Don't be too harsh on OKE. He's never gotten over being typecast in Deliverance. And I don't mean Burt Reynolds either.

lstbodeanvol writes:

really like maymon he is a team guy. I hope he heals up and returns to dominance in 2013-14. Jeronne keep on these guys on the sidelines and get Stokes back to playing the ball he is capable of playing..Listen to Coach martin and we will look forward to seeing you next season!!! Go Vols Go Maymon

bspurlingcac#225603 writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Two things:

#1---Just like last year…This team will develop a toughness and finish strong in a weak SEC league. They are just starting to find their identity. The “WE” comes from a life long passion for following the Vols.

#2--- You remind me of a giant Florida

golfman1975 writes:

What about Miller and Reese?

golfman1975 writes:

in response to bspurlingcac#225603:

Two things:

#1---Just like last year…This team will develop a toughness and finish strong in a weak SEC league. They are just starting to find their identity. The “WE” comes from a life long passion for following the Vols.

#2--- You remind me of a giant Florida

Good post! The giant Florida...just hangs there don't it?

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Hubbs 5 star shooting guard, maybe best shooter in the nation

Davis 3 star power forward, father played in the NBA

Landry 3 star PG, soon to be downgraded to 2 star by recruiting services.

Should be a very good team next year but after that the recruiting really needs to pickup. With the exception of Hubbs and Stokes none of Martin's recruits would even be scouted by the Elite programs like Memphis, UK, and Florida.

Thanks!
I just don't see CCM being able to recruit as well as Bruce did.

It's just the way of it.

Whether he can get kids to make UT a good 'college team' remains to be seen.

I feel fortunate to have been around for Bruce, and the fact he had 2 separate teams that were NC quality....(the one that lost on the last second to that damn Oden-OSU team, and the one that lost to MSU in the last second).

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Yes, "We" are on the team.

laraccoon writes:

there s something to look forward to next year . W B

FanNotSheep writes:

Maymon can't come back for the dance if he redshirts. But the Vols are capable of getting into the NCAA without him if someone can become a consistent outside scorer. Golden has to play smart and get to the line more often -- and set up the other perimeter guys, who must make enough shots to keep defenses from collapsing on Stokes. I've given up on Hall ever doing anything more than wasting his potential.

The SEC looks weak so 12 or 14 league wins are possible. And you'd think the guys are capable of winning a couple of SEC Tourney games, so the NCAA tournament isn't that long a shot. But unless they make tremendous strides by March the Vols won't make any noise if they do get in the dance .

TheBigGipperNRealSports (Inactive) writes:

Too bad. Oh well, an average Mens team is always better to watch than the powder blue.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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OMG!!!!!!!!REALLY?????? HAHAHAHA

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Guys, I hate to say this...

I don't think UT's got the gas for the Dance.

The shooting is just too poor.

That doesn't mean it can't be an interesting year, but without some better guard play, it's just not there yet.

BigOrangeFreak writes:

Good luck with your recovery and rehab Jeronne.

We'll look forward to seeing you next season.

movinonup writes:

in response to golfman1975:

Good post! The giant Florida...just hangs there don't it?

+1

Good luck and get well Jerome - look forward to seeing you back on the court completely healthy next year. keep the positive attitude.

movinonup writes:

Jeronne.....sorry 2 n's and 1 m look a whole lot a like to an old man without glasses on....

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

This sounds great ............for next season. Having said that, next season is a long way off and that stuff about money talks.......it's hard for these guys to turn down $$$$$$$$$$$$$ so I hope he doesn't change his mind. Stokes? Who knows.

They could be a special team with all the pieces in place, for 2013-2014. I'm just leery of their shooting ability for this season. So many bricks.

rockypop writes:

Concerning all the speculation about Stokes' leaving - it doesn't matter. He probably will stay for four years, because he's not an NBA caliber player right now, and seems unlikely to be in the near future. He's really young, and he hasn't shown much improvement.

Can't shoot, can't jump, is slow, can't create his own shot, and can't hit free throws. He is, however, big. And, that, plus his ability inside, can be attractive to NBA teams. But, I seriously doubt that he'll ever be a first round pick.

He probably thought he would be a "one and done" guy after his "second" year at UT, but now that seems completely unlikely.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

This is the best decision for JM's health and it means UT will be in great shape next season..GBO!

golfman1975 writes:

The problem with Stokes right now is because Maymon is out. It is hard to be the only real big in the middle...the double teams are effective because we are weak outside right now. With Reese we showed that there is potential outside and can change our team.

1vavolfan writes:

Stokes stays unless he is being advised by Scotty Hopson's agent. Maymon being out really hurts Jarnell, he is usually double and sometimes triple teamed. If he does leave after this year he'll be playing in Europe, maybe a furture NBA player but not next year.

KDOG1973 writes:

If Stokes returns with Maymon next year, the Big Orange will be dominant. Mark it down!!

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

Is Dwight Miller still on this team. He showed some promise last year when he got to play? Is he even on the bench?

FeelVol writes:

in response to golfman1975:

The problem with Stokes right now is because Maymon is out. It is hard to be the only real big in the middle...the double teams are effective because we are weak outside right now. With Reese we showed that there is potential outside and can change our team.

Finally a paragraph that makes alot of sense to me, the chemistry was better inintially last year between Stokes and Maymon and I haven't seen the same team chemistry this year.Players are developing though especially Richardson,Mcrae,and Lopez.I'm concerned about Golden though don't know if he's injured or what but something is not right.We could be a beast of a team next year with this announcement if we can stay healthy of course.Go Vols!!!

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Maymon can't come back for the dance if he redshirts. But the Vols are capable of getting into the NCAA without him if someone can become a consistent outside scorer. Golden has to play smart and get to the line more often -- and set up the other perimeter guys, who must make enough shots to keep defenses from collapsing on Stokes. I've given up on Hall ever doing anything more than wasting his potential.

The SEC looks weak so 12 or 14 league wins are possible. And you'd think the guys are capable of winning a couple of SEC Tourney games, so the NCAA tournament isn't that long a shot. But unless they make tremendous strides by March the Vols won't make any noise if they do get in the dance .

The Vols have played a weak schedule and lost any power rating games so far. If the SEC is weak as you suggest then very few SEC teams will make the dance. Vols only make dance by winning the tournament and with a very average group of players this is not likely. As far as Stokes and the NBA next year, he will need to show more than he has so far.

brod writes:

knew this was coming. as for the comments about ut's shooting. it is what is it. it was bad last year. not much better this year. when you sign people like armani moore it's not going to get better, not to mention how poor his ball handling abilities are. he couldn't play on tusculum college's team. for the talent that martin has, he has done a decent job. i just don't know if his recruiting will allow him to stay at ut. losing the two pearl signee's, chris jones and kevin ware was a big blow to martin. both were scorers, and both would probably be averaging double figure points.

VinylVols writes:

in response to golfman1975:

What about Miller and Reese?

im not sure about miller, but Reese is going to be great. So much talent if everyone returns next year.

VinylVols writes:

I know everyone here is praising Bruce Pearl, and he was a good coach, but lets be serious, he had his really bad moments too. Like we almost lost to american when we were a #2 seed a few years ago. We also got crushed by Michigan in the first round 2 years ago. We lost to Oklahoma State in the first round another year. We never won an SEC tournament, and we usually choked in the first round of that too. So I'm not sure what everyones point really is.

MONGOloveSHERIFFbart writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

The Vols have played a weak schedule and lost any power rating games so far. If the SEC is weak as you suggest then very few SEC teams will make the dance. Vols only make dance by winning the tournament and with a very average group of players this is not likely. As far as Stokes and the NBA next year, he will need to show more than he has so far.

Really???? I thought they they beat Witchita State(something Mempiss has yet to do) which was ranked at the time and undefeated and they also beat Xavier and UMass from the A-10 which ain't no slouch league.

MONGOloveSHERIFFbart writes:

in response to VinylVols:

im not sure about miller, but Reese is going to be great. So much talent if everyone returns next year.

Didn't understand why Martin didn't play Reese against Mempiss.

tan007 writes:

in response to FeelVol:

Finally a paragraph that makes alot of sense to me, the chemistry was better inintially last year between Stokes and Maymon and I haven't seen the same team chemistry this year.Players are developing though especially Richardson,Mcrae,and Lopez.I'm concerned about Golden though don't know if he's injured or what but something is not right.We could be a beast of a team next year with this announcement if we can stay healthy of course.Go Vols!!!

We have heard that Golden has a shoulder injury. He has been wearing a shoulder wrap. It isn't his shooting arm but I am sure it has some bearing on his style of play. Hopefully it will heal soon. I have been wanting to see Maymon on the court all season but want what is best for him & his health. We can look forward to next year & I don't think Stokes plans to go anywhere. Be glad to see them back together under that basket!

justafan4ut writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Why don't you just climb back up on your mountain and don't come down til Spring, hopefully you will have a better attitude. He said (may) which means he is hoping We will make the tourney. I don't think we will, but at this point in the season I'm not going to burst his bubble. We he is referring to is the Big Orange as a whole. He knows he is not on the team, but the ones who cheer in the stands sometimes do make an impact on the game. So just go take your negativity back up the mountain. Axxh0le.

Basketvol writes:

in response to MONGOloveSHERIFFbart:

Didn't understand why Martin didn't play Reese against Mempiss.

Reese has an ankle injury.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to TheBigGipperNRealSports:

Too bad. Oh well, an average Mens team is always better to watch than the powder blue.

Your posts are better to read than...well, maybe a strip club bathroom wall, though not nearly as funny or clever.

John_10065 writes:

in response to emailnodata:

Thanks!
I just don't see CCM being able to recruit as well as Bruce did.

It's just the way of it.

Whether he can get kids to make UT a good 'college team' remains to be seen.

I feel fortunate to have been around for Bruce, and the fact he had 2 separate teams that were NC quality....(the one that lost on the last second to that damn Oden-OSU team, and the one that lost to MSU in the last second).

I think Martin will end up suprising a lot of people with his recruiting. Landing Hubbs being a perfect example.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to I_OWN_MANY:

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Man, you are one cynical dude! Do you think such an attitude makes you look smart? It doesn't, it just makes you look miserable, bitter, and lonely. Do you believe your wife when she says she loves you? Do you HAVE a wife? Has ANY woman ever said she loves you? Well, maybe your mother...if she is Ma Barker. What you call "sheep", we call "fans".

johnlg00 writes:

in response to FeelVol:

Finally a paragraph that makes alot of sense to me, the chemistry was better inintially last year between Stokes and Maymon and I haven't seen the same team chemistry this year.Players are developing though especially Richardson,Mcrae,and Lopez.I'm concerned about Golden though don't know if he's injured or what but something is not right.We could be a beast of a team next year with this announcement if we can stay healthy of course.Go Vols!!!

Golden came into this season off of knee surgery just as Maymon did. He seemed OK at first, but it seems the intervening wear-and-tear has set him back. He also seems to have hurt his left shoulder fairly recently, though we haven't heard much about it from this staff. I agree about the development of the other players. I too think the Vols could be great next year, but I am not nearly so down on this year's team as are too many of our more faint-hearted so-called fans.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Ended up ok against a very talented Memphis team by the end...a loss is a loss though.

We are having to compensate for Maymon and a confused looking offense.lol

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VinylVols:

I know everyone here is praising Bruce Pearl, and he was a good coach, but lets be serious, he had his really bad moments too. Like we almost lost to american when we were a #2 seed a few years ago. We also got crushed by Michigan in the first round 2 years ago. We lost to Oklahoma State in the first round another year. We never won an SEC tournament, and we usually choked in the first round of that too. So I'm not sure what everyones point really is.

A lot of it is wishful thinking and selective memory. I too was a Pearl fan, and I also am not sure Martin is the long-term answer, though I am hopeful. A lot of people are just WAY more disappointed than they ought to be, considering the plague of injuries this team is going through and has gone through with Maymon especially. Martin hasn't signed any sure-fire world-beaters yet, but some he has signed have become useful SEC-quality players, such as Yemi and Richardson. Some others have potential, such as Reese, Chievous, and Edwards. Next year's top recruit, Robert Hubbs, has star potential. The other signees have considerable upsides. It is hard to get people to understand that Martin is building a program, not just one year's team. He will take a "star" player who is the right kind of person for the kind of team he is trying to build, but he is just not going to be as impressed by a recruit's stats and recruiting-service rating as are some of our more "star-struck" fans.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MONGOloveSHERIFFbart:

Didn't understand why Martin didn't play Reese against Mempiss.

Reese sprained his ankle in practice the week before the Memphis game. I hope he gets well soon. I think he has real potential as an outside shooter to spell an obviously struggling McBee.

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