He's quick and has a limited face-up game, and is a competent shot-blocker.His work ethic and competitive attitude make him stand out, and he should help with the Vols' depth under the basket this season. While depth nor talent will be an issue for Pearl this season, the team needs to click on both offense and defense. An extra season with nearly the exact same players should help. Tyler Smith 6'7", 215lb Senior SF(17.4 PPG5.8 RPG1.63 A/TO43.9 FG)Smith is as close to as unclassifiable as is physically possible The only thing he surely is NOT is a center. He has an unlimited supply of energy and competitiveness, and is a dominating leader on the floor.I'm a number Nazi, I admit this. But Smith is the only case in which I will shamelessly say his impact and ability hugely outstretches his efficiency.He's the best ball-handling big(ish) man in the conference, and he is likely the smartest player in the league as well.As Tyler Smith goes, the Vols go.
He ranks in the league's top 10 most efficient scorers, outranking even Tyler Smith He's the third-most efficient returning rebounder. And that's just what the numbers can say.Chism is dynamic and a massive mismatch for opponents. With his size, defenders tend to give him space at range, despite his numbers, and he more often than not makes them pay.Chism is a game-changer overshadowed by game-changers. He should be a crucial piece of the puzzle for the Volunteers this season. J.P.
Good thing, though, as only three of those went in.He's an explosive and athletic scorer, with speed and ball-handling skills. He's also a very talented on-ball defender and capable rebounder.Prince plays an important role for the Vols, and should continue to do so this season. Scotty Hopson 6'7", 200lb Sophomore SG(9.2 PPG2.7 RPG42.8 FG35.7 3PT)Hopson wasn't the one-and-done talent most expected, and the Vols needed, him to be a year ago.Not only did he disappoint to some degree, he also limited team chemistry as a ball-hog. He attempted more threes than any other team member, despite making just 35.7 percent of them. His effort from the floor also left much to be desired.Hopson needs to step up his effort on the defensive end of the floor and either shoot more reliably or become more of a team-player to keep from becoming a liability while on the floor. Bobby Maze 6'3", 195lb Senior PG(8.2 PPG2.4 RPG2.02 A/TO109 AST)Most pointed to point-guard play as the weakness for the Vols in 2008-09, and this wasn't the case for the most part.In fact, Maze ranked second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and ninth in average assists.He did, however, tend to shoot first and pass second. His decision-making is suspect, his shooting is weak, and his effort level is questionable.Tatum has a while to go before he can contribute to any degree on this talent-laden team. Brian Williams 6'10", 278lb Junior C(5.0 PPG5.6 RPG53.8 FG20 BLK)Williams is yet another thoroughly talented big-man that Pearl has filtered into the program, though not as versatile as the others. Williams' range is limited to near the basketas most centers' areand his rebounding is literally the most prolific and efficient in the league.His sheer size is no doubt his strength. His stroke is phenomenal, but his motivation is lacking.His effort is poor and his work ethic isn't great.
If he would put his head into the game, he could be an X-Factor for the Vols. Renaldo Woolridge 6'8", 208lb Sophomore SF(2.6 PPG1.3 RPG1.55 A/TO31.1 FG)Woolridge provides some depth off the bench and handles the ball well, but does very little else. Melvin Goins 5'11", 195lb Junior PG(Transfer from Ball State)Goins looks to provide competition for Maze at the starting point-guard spot. He is a pass-first point, who plays selflessly and has great awareness on fast-breaks. (N), Wyoming (H), North Carolina A&T (H), Charlotte (H)Real Games : USC (A)Marquee Matchups : Memphis (A), Kansas (H)Opposite Division : Auburn (H), Ole Miss (H), Alabama (A), LSU (A), Arkansas (H), Mississippi State (A)Predicted Result : (24-4, 13-3), NCAA TournamentAnalysis : The Vols' strength of schedule decreased a good bit this season from last season, with the non-conference losing a good number of high-powered mid-majors. There's only one truly difficult non-conference game, with the Jayhawks coming to Knoxville, and the SEC schedule sets up nicely for an SEC title run. What's ReturningPoints : 97.30 percent (1stSEC Avg: 73.81 percent)Rebounds : 94.50 percent (1stSEC Avg: 75.80 percent) OutlookThis team has the pieces to make an NCAA Championship run The talent is there. The depth is there.The trick will be for those pieces to fit together.For that to happen, a long-distance threat or two will need to emerge, and consistent pass-first point-guard play must emerge.If it does, the nation could turn orange in April..