Mike Strange: Vols aren't getting much help from the bench

Mike Strange

Besides the obvious consequence, there was a statistical footnote to Antonio Barton’s buzzer-beating 3-point basket being wiped off the scoreboard at Texas A&M on Saturday.

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underthehill writes:

It does not appear to be a good sign for next year..whoever the coach may be..

UT4prez writes:

Any shot at all Stokes comes back? I really don't think he will be projected as first round. Early in the year I didn't think he would even get drafted. Too his credit he has improved tremendously this season. His doing or the coaches? Hmmm.

jmaples54 writes:

stokes-- gone. of course, maymon, mcrae, and barton gone.
cuonzo--? ( I vote for "gone." sorry, cuonzo. you didn't get it done when you could've.)

johnlg00 writes:

One thing is for sure. If any of the subs expect to step into the vacancies created by the departures of most of this year's most productive players, they had BETTER spend the whole offseason in the gym working on their offensive skills. Richardson's example should have shown them how much it is possible to improve if they are willing to put in the work.

It is hard to know just what Jarnell is thinking these days. He is not terribly demonstrative or outspoken. He seems to believe that Martin has his back and is trying to make him the true mainstay of the team, as well he should. I'm sure his improvement this season is in large part his own doing, but he does show evidence of being coached into better performance as well. If he stays and shows as much improvement next season as he has from last season to this one, there should be no question of his fitness for the NBA. He may never be a superstar, but there is no reason why he couldn't have a lengthy, productive career. Obviously, next year's team would benefit hugely from his return.

Hubbs is clearly the other "X-factor" in determining how next year's team looks. If he comes back healthy and hungry, he could be a special player in his own right. Hubbs will need a breakout season if he wants a pro career anytime soon. There aren't but a handful of teams in the conference that should have players better at their positions than those two, at least if their original recruit ratings were accurate. And goodness knows, this year's Vols have been beaten by teams that didn't have anybody as good as either of those guys by that standard.

bfaj34#1436246 writes:

Who's to say that the bench not scoring isn't what Cuonzo wants. Notice the fact that there is only 1 that actually gets off the bench. Moore and he is to defend. He can slash and shoot but is called on to defend. I just hope they win.

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