May, 2014


Addition of McKnight keeps Tennessee basketball recruiting efforts rolling

With four players signed and the ability to hand out at least two more scholarships, recruiting activity is still going strong for new Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall and his assistants as they look to plug a couple of more holes. Before Monday afternoon, the most glaring roster deficiency was in the post, but the Vol staff scored some experienced help with the addition of Eric McKnight, a 6-9, 220-pound transfer from FGCU. He can play next season because he’ll receive his degree and has a year of eligibility remaining. The well-travelled McKnight began his careerRead More

Payton’s rapid rise could land him in NBA Draft’s first round

Bob Marlin was frustrated. The University of Louisiana basketball coach spent the better part of a month in the spring of 2013 trying to get his star point guard, 6-foot-4 sophomore Elfrid Payton, into the Chris Paul Camp, but to no avail. Payton had been lightly recruited out of high school—UL Lafayette was the only Division I school that offered a scholarship. His name carried little weight outside Louisiana, or the Sun Belt Conference, even though the sophomore had averaged 16 points a game in the 2012-13 season and ledRead More

Vols’ roster picture becomes a bit clearer with Hubbs back in the fold

Robert Hubbs’ decision to return to Tennessee’s basketball team rather than transfer along with classmates Darius Thompson and A.J. Davis helps present a clearer picture of what new coach Donnie Tyndall will have to work with in his first season. Though there’s still some recruiting work left to be done, it’s obvious the Vols’ strength will be at the wing positions. There’s no reason to think senior Josh Richardson can’t continue his excellent play in the NCAA tournament, where he averaged 19.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists and shotRead More

Well-connected Tyndall moving quickly to rebuild Tennessee’s roster

Tennessee basketball fans have been pleasantly surprised by new coach Donnie Tyndall and his assistant coaches—most particularly their recruiting prowess—in the two-plus weeks they’ve been on the job. But those who know Tyndall—fellow Division I coaches, junior college coaches, AAU coaches, aren’t surprised. Scrambling has been a way of life for Tyndall. “He’s been at some tough situations,” said a Division I coach who’s a friend of Tyndall’s but asked not to be identified. “Morehead State is one of the toughest jobs in the OVC. Southern Miss is middle ofRead More

Under Tyndall, aggression is the name of the game at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE — New Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall introduced his staff to the media on Tuesday, affording the perfect opportunity to get several different takes on what makes the man tick. Though each coach’s description of their boss centered around the same themes Tennessee fans are going to hear a lot of as long as Tyndall’s around—aggression, toughness, tireless effort—their answers were far from cookie cutter. Here’s a sampling: Al Pinkins, assistant coach. Dinkins worked with Tyndall when both were assistants on Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis’ staff. Dinkins leftRead More