Govols247: Thompson picks Tennessee

Darius Thompson, a three-star, Class of 2013 combo guard prospect from Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman High School, committed to Tennessee on Saturday night.

Darius Thompson, a three-star, Class of 2013 combo guard prospect from Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman High School, committed to Tennessee on Saturday night.

Tennessee polished off its 2013 basketball recruiting class Saturday night with a two-birds, one-stone, in-state commitment.

Darius Thompson, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound combo guard from Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman High School, decommitted from Vanderbilt last month before committing to the Vols over more than a dozen other Division I programs.

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movol77 writes:

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HooRay_Vol writes:

HooRay!!!!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

UT doesn't have room for Thompson unless Stokes or McRae decide to leave..This may be a sign of decisions yet to come..GBO!!

underthehill writes:

May be a sign Martin will tell a current player he would be more likely to play elsewhere..I think that is what happened last year..I think that would be an accurate description for more than one..

Hounddog writes:

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Sorry I meant Great Comment

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cheetah-vol writes:

Anyone know why he decommitted from Vandy? Can't find out a darn thing about that from The Tennessean here in Nashville. Imagine that!

ACWLY writes:

In the long run it doesn't matter but I always like getting in state players, just feels good. I'm glad he's coming and look forward to cheering him on. VFL

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to cheetah-vol:

Anyone know why he decommitted from Vandy? Can't find out a darn thing about that from The Tennessean here in Nashville. Imagine that!

Perhaps he realized Kevin Stallings was an AH??

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

UT doesn't have room for Thompson unless Stokes or McRae decide to leave..This may be a sign of decisions yet to come..GBO!!

Edwards is likely to leave considering Reese showed promise and should be fully healthy next year or one of the 3 Tennessee natives could take an academic scholarship. They will make the numbers work.

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to ACWLY:

In the long run it doesn't matter but I always like getting in state players, just feels good. I'm glad he's coming and look forward to cheering him on. VFL

Agreed. Just curious. Hoping it's not an academic thing. Thought maybe it was because Vandy had a lot of young perimeter players this year, and his chances of starting wouldn't be as high as with The Vols. Just glad he chose us instead no matter the reason.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to rclarkvols#224537:

Edwards is likely to leave considering Reese showed promise and should be fully healthy next year or one of the 3 Tennessee natives could take an academic scholarship. They will make the numbers work.

Good point, Edwards would be the perfect sacrificial lamb in this scenario.

jt45 writes:

Good news, but it does make me wonder if Jordan is making exit plans.

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Perhaps he realized Kevin Stallings was an AH??

Hah! Probably. Btw, Beare, when I went to look for that 1950's pennant my dad had with raised felt, I found some old buttons. One was from 1981 that a guy on The Strip was handing out after Johnny's 1981 team got pounded by GA and USC. It says "BRING BACK BATTLE!" Wow.

On topic, I've heard some great things about this kid's play. Not sure who we'll be saying bye-bye to off this year's roster, but it's kinda tough when a coach has to do that.

Snapshot writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Perhaps he realized Kevin Stallings was an AH??

Isn't that what Stallings called Bruce Pearl? I say it takes it takes one to know one. lol

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to cheetah-vol:

Hah! Probably. Btw, Beare, when I went to look for that 1950's pennant my dad had with raised felt, I found some old buttons. One was from 1981 that a guy on The Strip was handing out after Johnny's 1981 team got pounded by GA and USC. It says "BRING BACK BATTLE!" Wow.

On topic, I've heard some great things about this kid's play. Not sure who we'll be saying bye-bye to off this year's roster, but it's kinda tough when a coach has to do that.

That 81 team rebounded well after drubbings from UGA, USC and Bama..They won the Garden State Bowl against Wisconsin..The funny part about Majors' fb teams were they always improved and by November they were playing their best fb..

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

How many can we carry on the roster? Not really picking on him, but this fellow Murphy seldom gets in the game. It makes you wonder why they even bothered to recruit some guys if they never let them play. On the other hand, maybe Murphy is a walk on, along with possibly someone else.

Still conclude that to win it's 50-50, the coaches and the players. We have games where people step up ( U K, Florida, Missouri etc ) then lay an egg with Ole Miss, Georgia, UVA, Mercer etc. What would be great would be if the guys played with a bit more passion with every game, and not just pick and choosing when to show up.

That comes with the type of players that are recruited.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Isn't that what Stallings called Bruce Pearl? I say it takes it takes one to know one. lol

No doubt, he showed his arse last year yelling NIT, NIT at the UT fans after he got his rear handed to him @ TBA last year.

bobe4544 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Perhaps he realized Kevin Stallings was an AH??

May be an AH but a darn good coach.

VOLsince68 writes:

Great news!!!

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt, he showed his arse last year yelling NIT, NIT at the UT fans after he got his rear handed to him @ TBA last year.

I keep waiting for him and Franklin to snap one day.

Living in Middle TN, I have more intelligent and informing conversations with Bama, GA, UK, and just about any other fans from SEC schools than with Vandy fans. All they seem to want to do is say stupid things like their coaches will do. Can't engage them into discussing anything. Maybe it's a bad case of them having a "Napoleon Complex".

Upon retirement, I'm moving back to Knoxville. Can't happen soon enough.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

This kid is the whole package , i watched him all year . The VOLS are getting a great player .

HtownVol writes:

The biggest need for Tennessee was PG because Trae was our only ball handler when h was not in Tennessee was lost. Josh and Jordan both are below average in ball handling, which is the main reason Jordan needs to come back. His cross over can be seen coming from last week. In the NBA Jordan will get his pocket picked all the time. Anyway, I love this kids size, it will continue the length theme C Martin is bringing in. like how Georgetown shut us down with all their length. It makes a defense so much better when 1-4 can switch any play. That would help so much when teams run the play that Mercer killed us with, as long as Martin can figure out how to make sure to keep Stokes out of that. He is the only player that can not switch.

GO VOLS

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

in response to HtownVol:

The biggest need for Tennessee was PG because Trae was our only ball handler when h was not in Tennessee was lost. Josh and Jordan both are below average in ball handling, which is the main reason Jordan needs to come back. His cross over can be seen coming from last week. In the NBA Jordan will get his pocket picked all the time. Anyway, I love this kids size, it will continue the length theme C Martin is bringing in. like how Georgetown shut us down with all their length. It makes a defense so much better when 1-4 can switch any play. That would help so much when teams run the play that Mercer killed us with, as long as Martin can figure out how to make sure to keep Stokes out of that. He is the only player that can not switch.

GO VOLS

Not Stokes fault. The point guard has to fight through that screen and Trae just wouldn't.He lacks the quickness and desire needed from the point quard on defense. Same problem playing against Bama, Georgia and Ole Miss. Next year we won't need his offense and you will see his minutes decrease.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

Having a true point guard (welcome, Mr. Thompson) gives Tennessee many more options. I'd like to see Golden be able to play his game without having to bring the ball downcourt first. McCrae and hopefully, Hubbs, will be better scorers by getting the ball in better places on the court, courtesy of a true point guard. The best beneficiaries of a good PG would be Maymon and Stokes. They should get better looks inside. Maymon will come fierce anyway, and I think Jarnell will bring it strong along with him.

Tennessee has the potential to be a good team this next season. Maybe a very good team. And I think they can be consistently good year after year. We all know that UT will not recruit like Kentucky. Very few schools do. But I do think they can recruit like Butler. And play like them too.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to bobe4544:

May be an AH but a darn good coach.

What has he accomplished?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Exciting. Go BIG Orange.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Remember, folks, that although this is a very good pick-up, he will still be a freshman next year. I assume he will get some pt, but it will likely be as back up.learning curve. You cannot expect him to be a championship quality -or even above average quality - pg as a freshman.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Article says he is a combo guard. Is that going to translate into him being our pg?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Article says he is a combo guard. Is that going to translate into him being our pg?

Well, it's certainly better than trying to force an obvious 2-G into playing the 1 like we have in TG.

1vavolfan writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

UT doesn't have room for Thompson unless Stokes or McRae decide to leave..This may be a sign of decisions yet to come..GBO!!

Neither of those are going anywhere, not even on the NBA radar. The local guys reporting that Sokes having a "decion" to make are absurd. It will be a Wes Washpun like situation, my Guess is Demontre Edwards since he is a Junior and was the last man on the bench last year. Reese and Chievous are probably safe due to their age.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Neither of those are going anywhere, not even on the NBA radar. The local guys reporting that Sokes having a "decion" to make are absurd. It will be a Wes Washpun like situation, my Guess is Demontre Edwards since he is a Junior and was the last man on the bench last year. Reese and Chievous are probably safe due to their age.

That would be the ideal situation, because Edwards at best has been a bust.

Vol43 writes:

Money!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Vol43:

Money!

Hey 43, have you heard the Vandy faction whining about UT stealing Thompson out from under them?? I was talking with a Vandy grad physician today that said UT paid him off..I had to laugh, and immediately pointed toward Franklin as being much more suspect in his recruiting practices.

Vol43 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Hey 43, have you heard the Vandy faction whining about UT stealing Thompson out from under them?? I was talking with a Vandy grad physician today that said UT paid him off..I had to laugh, and immediately pointed toward Franklin as being much more suspect in his recruiting practices.

They're crying their eyes out over on West End! The worst thing that could have happened to Jimmy is when he heard the name 'Butch Jones'.

87Volforlife writes:

Someone mentioned Rob Murphy above, he was a senior so he is gone, plus he was a walk-on so would not have mattered in the scholarship cap. Galen Campbell will replace him on the roster. I don't see Cuonzo cutting D'Montre Edwards as he only has one year of eligibility left, however he may leave on his own due to lack of playing time. I never thought he got enough of a chance, he is pretty solid in my mind. I think it will be Edwards on his own accord or they will resend the offer to Travon Landry. All and all we should be the same team next year with Maymon and Hubbs replacing Hall and McBee. Thompson was much needed though and I think he sees time on the court. I like Cuonzo, but if he is not dancing after year three then lets bring back CPB or go get Gregg Marshall or get the Haslem's to invest in Shaka Smart or Brad Stevens. It will take some serious cash to get one of those two latter guys. Until we aren't selected next year though, I am pulling for CCM.

SummittsCourt writes:

One in football, now one in Basketball - must suck to be a vandy fan lately!

CommodoreCapital writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt, he showed his arse last year yelling NIT, NIT at the UT fans after he got his rear handed to him @ TBA last year.

But he was correct, when he was saying NIT, unlike the great BP who couldn't keep his story straight.

Snapshot writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt, he showed his arse last year yelling NIT, NIT at the UT fans after he got his rear handed to him @ TBA last year.

He certainly did, I was there to see it, great game. Too bad they couldn't give that kind of effort more often.

voloffaith writes:

Thought also Point Guard Trevon Landry from alabalama or Maryland? Signed or moved on? I'll check bball recruiting for VOLS...

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

But he was correct, when he was saying NIT, unlike the great BP who couldn't keep his story straight.

Uhhh, I've got two words for ewe: Sweep, Sweep!!

voloffaith writes:

Along with Hubbs and Davis we signed Travon Landry from WV 6'0 pg. Wonder if he is more of a 2 or 3 shooting guard.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Along with Hubbs and Davis we signed Travon Landry from WV 6'0 pg. Wonder if he is more of a 2 or 3 shooting guard.

Yep, Landry was already signed before Thompson and he will be enrolling also..He's a PG and Thompson can play either. Hubbs could possibly play a 2 or a 3 depending on who CCM wants on the floor.

Volborn writes:

Well, it seems like we have a few more pieces. I hope we keep Stokes and Mcrae. Stokes is not ready, but he can certainly clear space and rebound. When he made the first shot against UK from about 17 feet last year, I thought he was all that. Little did I know that would be the only 17 footer he would ever make. I also hope Maymon makes a full recovery, but I don't have a good feeling about it.

manniesghost1903 writes:

In my opinion Beare is absolutely correct. Having seen Blackman and Dyer County play in the State Tournament, Thompson appeared more like a shooting guard (which Scout has him listed) than a point guard. Hubbs on the other hand looks like he can handle point guard, shooting guard and small forward.

I believe Hubbs will be ready to start by the first SEC game this up coming season. I feel Thompson will come on strong in the last half of next basketball season and I expect both of them to have big performances in the next SEC tournament and beyond.

HtownVol writes:

in response to rclarkvols#224537:

Not Stokes fault. The point guard has to fight through that screen and Trae just wouldn't.He lacks the quickness and desire needed from the point quard on defense. Same problem playing against Bama, Georgia and Ole Miss. Next year we won't need his offense and you will see his minutes decrease.

DId not say it was Stokes fault, just pointing out a fact, Stokes can not switch on a guard.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Volborn:

Well, it seems like we have a few more pieces. I hope we keep Stokes and Mcrae. Stokes is not ready, but he can certainly clear space and rebound. When he made the first shot against UK from about 17 feet last year, I thought he was all that. Little did I know that would be the only 17 footer he would ever make. I also hope Maymon makes a full recovery, but I don't have a good feeling about it.

I thought the same thing when Stokes made his first shot against UK. It seems that CCM didn't want him shooting that shot this year when he was the only big guy in the game. With Maymon back, he may get more of a green light on that shot. When he remembers to use the proper form, he is even a pretty good FT shooter. He just needs more concentrated practice to lock that proper form in permanently. As for Maymon, I read on here, in sort of an aside on another article, that Maymon was actually practicing with the team by the end of January, but they thought it was too late to burn his last year of eligibility by bringing him back so late in the season. They might have made the NCAAs if he HAD come back at full game speed, but it was a risk and would have sabotaged the team's chances for a REALLY good season next year.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to manniesghost1903:

In my opinion Beare is absolutely correct. Having seen Blackman and Dyer County play in the State Tournament, Thompson appeared more like a shooting guard (which Scout has him listed) than a point guard. Hubbs on the other hand looks like he can handle point guard, shooting guard and small forward.

I believe Hubbs will be ready to start by the first SEC game this up coming season. I feel Thompson will come on strong in the last half of next basketball season and I expect both of them to have big performances in the next SEC tournament and beyond.

Sure hope you're right, mg1903! There just aren't that many "pure" PGs out there. Not many youth coaches know how to develop one. If a guy can run, jump, and shoot, the tendency is to make him a wing player of some sort and the littlest guy on the team who can sort of play gets the PG job by default. Then in AAU ball, the emphasis is all on running and gunning, so there is no real role for a classic PG. So in college, you just look for a guy with a reasonably solid handle, give him the job, and hope he likes it enough to get good at it. In that case, it is good the Vols will have several options, so hopefully somebody will take the opportunity and run with it.

manniesghost1903 writes:

I know I was disappointed in the overall performance of VOL basketball as many of you were. On the minus side were key injuries and losses to teams UT should have won in several home games. On the plus side there was the biggest margin of victory over the UK "basketballers" in their school's history! AS far as I am concerned, Coach Martin is good for at least two to three more seasons at the current level. However, if he does entice current high school (CPA) junior Jaylen Lindsey and current freshman Braxton Blackwell to commit and sign with UT, he needs a big raise and given the title of Basketball Head Coach for Life. (He probably won't be able to do it but if he did pull it off, he deserves that type of respect in my book).

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to manniesghost1903:

I know I was disappointed in the overall performance of VOL basketball as many of you were. On the minus side were key injuries and losses to teams UT should have won in several home games. On the plus side there was the biggest margin of victory over the UK "basketballers" in their school's history! AS far as I am concerned, Coach Martin is good for at least two to three more seasons at the current level. However, if he does entice current high school (CPA) junior Jaylen Lindsey and current freshman Braxton Blackwell to commit and sign with UT, he needs a big raise and given the title of Basketball Head Coach for Life. (He probably won't be able to do it but if he did pull it off, he deserves that type of respect in my book).

He's going to get at least one of those recruits IMO. CCM deserves at least 2 more seasons, will he get that? The answer is "NO" if UT misses the big dance next year..

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