What to watch in Tennessee men's basketball exhibition game against Florida Southern

Jeronne Maymon (34), right, guards A.J. Davis (21), left, during the men's basketball team's practice at University of Tennessee's Pratt Pavillion in Knoxville on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.  (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Lau

Jeronne Maymon (34), right, guards A.J. Davis (21), left, during the men's basketball team's practice at University of Tennessee's Pratt Pavillion in Knoxville on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

It’s been a year and seven months since Jeronne Maymon played a basketball game for Tennessee at Thompson-Boling. The senior forward is near giddy with excitement and nerves.

Subscribe to read the full story

Current Subscribers - Activate Now

Already subscribe to the News Sentinel? Unlimited access to KnoxNews.com on the web, your smartphone, tablet, Knoxville.com and GoVolsXtra.com is included with your subscription. All you need to do is ACTIVATE now!

Activate Now

New Subscribers - Subscribe Now

Want to keep reading?
KnoxNews now offers Premium and Digital Subscriptions. Subscribe now and select how you want to keep up-to-date on local news, reader comments, photos, videos, blogs and more.

Subscribe Now

© 2013 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 4

grossd1991#1421007 writes:

Great article. Can't wait for the season to start.

johnlg00 writes:

Looking forward to seeing the basketVols this afternoon. Hope a fair crowd shows up at TBA. Better get on the bandwagon early; the Vols should be GREAT this year!

VictorKrugerII writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Looking forward to seeing the basketVols this afternoon. Hope a fair crowd shows up at TBA. Better get on the bandwagon early; the Vols should be GREAT this year!

I've promised myself I won't attend any more exhibition or NIT games unless the tickets are free, so I'll be watching the stream on the UT sports website. I've got some nice tickets for the opener - my hope is that John Ward makes another surprise appearance to say "It's basketball time in Tennessee!" Looking forward to seeing Richardson's improved shot, Stokes improved quickness, Maymon of course, Hubbs' shooting and finishing, and too many other things to mention. Go Vols!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VictorKrugerII:

I've promised myself I won't attend any more exhibition or NIT games unless the tickets are free, so I'll be watching the stream on the UT sports website. I've got some nice tickets for the opener - my hope is that John Ward makes another surprise appearance to say "It's basketball time in Tennessee!" Looking forward to seeing Richardson's improved shot, Stokes improved quickness, Maymon of course, Hubbs' shooting and finishing, and too many other things to mention. Go Vols!

It was clear that the Vols weren't trying to beat Florida Southern as bad as possible. I doubt the same five were on the floor for more than two or three minutes at a time. They will be a completely different team when Barton returns and the rotation settles down.

Still, most of my major questions about the guys you mentioned, as well as some others, were at least partially answered. Maymon clearly doesn't have his timing back on offense but I liked his free-throw stroke and his ball-handling. Stokes looks much quicker and more decisive. Most of the guys shot well; I didn't see more than a half-dozen bad shots all day and they were all willing to share the ball. The defensive rotations were sloppy, slow, uncertain, or nonexistent but the lack of continuity in the lineup and the extensive playing time for the freshmen probably had something to do with that.

All in all, about what I expected from this scrimmage. Lots of positives and lots of things to work on. I'm still expecting a great season.

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features