Mike Strange: This isn't the first time Vols haven't gotten the point

Mike Strange
Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) tries to get around Tennessee guard Antonio Barton (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida took the win from Tennessee 67-41. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

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Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) tries to get around Tennessee guard Antonio Barton (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida took the win from Tennessee 67-41. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

During a previous Tennessee basketball coaching regime, I once called a coach whose former player had just signed with the Vols.

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Comments » 8

Volborn writes:

Uh…no comment.

halhhaynes#364264 writes:

BBB

wigmeister writes:

This team is doomed. No passion or heart. They mail it in, in too many games. I really don't think the players care.

oldster writes:

The reason that UT has had trouble finding a point guard is that our coaches are looking for long, athletic players and point guards are not typically long or even particularly athletic (relative to big time bb players, of course). They tend to be more cerebral with good grasps of the game rather than just raw physical talent. These talents are much harder to measure. I might suggest having an ex-point guard on staff.

Thompson shows a lot of promise, though. He is already pretty darn good on the offensive end. His quickness will improve, but being long himself compared to those who he is expected to guard, he will almost always be overmatched in this area. That being said, all is not necessarily lost because length can make up for quickness if used properly and Thompson seems to have the basketball IQ necessary to learn that. I.e. he will make UT better.

johndavid writes:

Play the zone to minimize the point guards defensive weakness or play McRae at the point and make the most of a physical lineup. What about Lopez? Thompson sure looked good at the top of 13 at Bama. Not all teams will attack it as quite as good as Vandy.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Thompson was a joke Wednesday night. He looked like a high school B team guard.
He was lazy on D, walked the ball up the court when time was wasting, never went for a loose ball and didn't score.
He hurt us more then if he signed with Vandy.
Barton shouldn't even travel, he can't do anything well.
Move McRae to point like last year.
The Vols are probably doomed due to their lazy effort so don't worry about the pathetic point guards.

oldster writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Thompson was a joke Wednesday night. He looked like a high school B team guard.
He was lazy on D, walked the ball up the court when time was wasting, never went for a loose ball and didn't score.
He hurt us more then if he signed with Vandy.
Barton shouldn't even travel, he can't do anything well.
Move McRae to point like last year.
The Vols are probably doomed due to their lazy effort so don't worry about the pathetic point guards.

Look at Thompson's turnover to assist ratio for this game as well as over all. He shot the ball well. Evidently, walking the ball up the court was at the direction of the coaching staff, as Barton did the same thing.

I am not concerned about a point guard not scoring many points any more than I am a qb scoring running tds. Their biggest jobs are to get the ball to people who do score and otherwise run the team. That a freshman needs work at this, is hardly surprising, but he is very good for someone with so little experience - on offense. His D is a problem. Much of that is lack of experience, too, as that will help his anticipation. Further, remember how young he is compared to those he is guarding and how much even one year's maturity and time in the weight program can affect a person's physical attributes.

No, Thompson is the best looking point prospect UT has had since Watson.

Oh, yeah, McRae at point would finish UT off as the ball would never get to Stokes or Maymon except on rebounds.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to oldster:

Look at Thompson's turnover to assist ratio for this game as well as over all. He shot the ball well. Evidently, walking the ball up the court was at the direction of the coaching staff, as Barton did the same thing.

I am not concerned about a point guard not scoring many points any more than I am a qb scoring running tds. Their biggest jobs are to get the ball to people who do score and otherwise run the team. That a freshman needs work at this, is hardly surprising, but he is very good for someone with so little experience - on offense. His D is a problem. Much of that is lack of experience, too, as that will help his anticipation. Further, remember how young he is compared to those he is guarding and how much even one year's maturity and time in the weight program can affect a person's physical attributes.

No, Thompson is the best looking point prospect UT has had since Watson.

Oh, yeah, McRae at point would finish UT off as the ball would never get to Stokes or Maymon except on rebounds.

Strongly agree about Thompson's potential. With a little luck and continued maturation and experience, he could be a key player going forward.

Not sure McRae at PG, certainly in spots, would be such a disaster. McRae is willing to pass the ball, though admittedly it is probably not his natural first option. I do get your point that a "hoggish" McRae would be a problem for the team; as long as he doesn't play as if he has to do everything himself, he should be fine.

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