Tag:Tobias Harris
Posted on: June 16, 2011 2:55 pm

Tobias Harris is a deft water-balloon soldier

By Matt Norlander

Seems we're pretty video-heavy today at the blog, but that's OK. It's June, the second-slowest month in the college hoops calendar. (Only August is worse.) And if you happen to be in a part of the country that's typically humid or hot, then a shirtless Tobias Harris lobbing water balloons at a bunch of grade-schoolers will surely cool off and brighten your day.

Harris, a prognosticated first-round pick in this year's NBA Draft, went on Tennessee radio Wednesday afternoon and staked claim to his turf at World's Fair Park in Knoxville, Tenn. He opened an invitation and challenged any and all incomers who wanted to come at him with their own water-filled, rubbery artillery. 

He gets pelted a number of times. Not so elusive, eh, Tobias?

That was a cool thing to do. Summer's a great thing. Even better when you're getting out of college and preparing to be drafted in the first round by an NBA team.

(H/T, CBB Nation Blog)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:23 pm

Vols' European vacation canceled

There's no place like home, unless the alternative is Italy in the summertime.

Posted by Eric Angevine

With a new coach, an undetermined roster and possible NCAA sanctions on the way, the University of Tennessee men's basketball program has elected to cancel a summer trip to Italy. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, newly hired head coach Cuonzo Martin and UT athletics director Mike Hamilton agreed that the trip, planned when Bruce Pearl was still head coach of the Vols, would be an ill-timed distraction in the upcoming transitional season.

Hamilton said with UT scheduled to play in the Maui Invitational in Hawaii this November, an overseas trip would have been pushing things from a travel standpoint.

Martin expressed concerns about the overseas trip from the time of his hiring with the Vols for a couple of reasons.

For one, Tennessee would have trouble filling out a roster, particularly if either or both Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris elects to keep their names in the NBA draft.

Secondly, Martin has committed to serving as an assistant to Purdue coach Matt Painter at the World University Games in China from Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China. The training camp to select the 12-member USA team will be July 30-Aug. 8 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"It will be better to wait a year for the trip because then we can get a feel for our players,'' Martin said. "When you take those trips, you're also building team camaraderie. It's always a beneficial trip, playing five or six games and getting the extra practice.''

The NCAA allows teams to make overseas trips once every four years, which means extra practice and playing time beyond the traditional fall start.

Oregon was scheduled to make a similar trip last season, and then-newly-hired head coach Dana Altman also decided to re-schedule. As fun and educational as such a trip might be, perhaps both coaches have the right idea - when in doubt, circle the wagons at home (when you're not personally busy in China, that is).

It's not as if the players on the current roster can really complain. As AD Hamilton indirectly pointed out in the excerpt above, Hawaii in November should be a pretty nice consolation prize for anyone feeling agita over the change in plans.

Photo: US Presswire
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