Hard work pays off for Tennessee center Rawane 'Pops' Ndiaye in exhibition win

Vols dispose of Southern Indiana quickly, 78-47

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Tennessee guard Jordan McRae shoots a fadeaway over Southern Indiana forward Aaron Nelson during the first half of Thursday’s game at the Thompson-Boling Arena.

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ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee guard Jordan McRae shoots a fadeaway over Southern Indiana forward Aaron Nelson during the first half of Thursday’s game at the Thompson-Boling Arena.

Rawane Ndiaye meant no harm to Southern Indiana. But when a guy spends every Tennessee men’s basketball practice pushing and shoving with Jarnell Stokes, the Screaming Eagles’ frontcourt seems like a welcome reprieve.

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maciste54 writes:

What the heck is up with Chievous ????

bUTch__please writes:

in response to maciste54:

What the heck is up with Chievous ????

Hubbs.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to maciste54:

What the heck is up with Chievous ????

Good question. I guess it is one of those "team rules" things. For his sake, I hope he can get back out there soon. The Vols are overrun with players at his position. If he doesn't get back out there soon, I can see him sitting most of the year, which may mean he will transfer after this season. Hope it doesn't happen; he seems able to help the team if he could get on the floor.

Big props to Pops last night! He is already a better player than Makanjuola ever was. He may be the best free-throw shooter on the team. He moves well and really gets after the ball. We may have occasion to be VERY grateful to have him, especially next year when he may well have to be "the man" in the middle.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

Hubbs.

IMHO, it is more than that. The way the Vols were running players in and out in these exhibitions, he could have gotten a few minutes at some point. The Vols do have a glut of players like him in size and position, but you would think he would be in the mix somewhere this early in the year. Besides, next year the Vols will be without Barton, McRae, Edwards, and possibly Hubbs, so they could probably use a productive Chievous if he isn't in the doghouse and winds up transferring.

bUTch__please writes:

in response to johnlg00:

IMHO, it is more than that. The way the Vols were running players in and out in these exhibitions, he could have gotten a few minutes at some point. The Vols do have a glut of players like him in size and position, but you would think he would be in the mix somewhere this early in the year. Besides, next year the Vols will be without Barton, McRae, Edwards, and possibly Hubbs, so they could probably use a productive Chievous if he isn't in the doghouse and winds up transferring.

My guess is Hubbs showed up and was outworking Chievious by a country mile...which lead to Chievious acting like someone licked all the red off his candy...which lead to the doghouse.
But just a guess.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

My guess is Hubbs showed up and was outworking Chievious by a country mile...which lead to Chievious acting like someone licked all the red off his candy...which lead to the doghouse.
But just a guess.

All any of us can do is guess unless or until CCM says something definitive. I always thought Chievous was a hard worker, but I am extremely pleased with what I have read about Hubbs' work ethic and general demeanor. He clearly has extraordinary talent, but he also seems to have the desire to make the most of it. Since there may be a good chance Hubbs will leave after this season--along with McRae, Edwards, and Barton--Chievous shouldn't let any setback now affect his work ethic. They may need him a lot more next year than they do this year, and he will only be a junior in eligibilty then.

BenFrederickson writes:

Chievous is without a doubt in Martin's doghouse. For what, exactly, I'm not sure. Martin has declined to elaborate the two times he's been asked. I'm not going to take any guesses, but will update if I get something concrete.

That said, I can say Chievous plays hard in practice. His effort level didn't appear to be an issue in the open sessions I observed.

He's kind of in a tough spot, though. He's listed as a guard but plays more like a forward. He has a decent outside shot but matches up better with bigs defensively. However, at 6-foot-6, he's probably too short to play forward effectively at this level.

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