Posted on: November 19, 2009 6:22 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2009 6:30 pm

Harris signs with Tennessee

Tobias Harris, as expected, committed to Tennessee on Thursday.

"I really have a great relationship with Coach [Bruce] Pearl and his assistant coach [Tony] Jones," Harris said. "It's just a family atmosphere down there. I got along with the players real well, and it's just a great opportunity and fit for me."

MaxPreps.com ranks Harris No. 21 in the Class of 2010. The 6-foot-8 forward joins Trae Golden (No. 59) and Jordan McRae (No. 87) to comprise a three-player class that should be among the Top 15 classes nationally when team recruiting rankings are finalized.

Harris is from New York.

He also had offers from Syracuse, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Louisville and West Virginia.
Posted on: November 19, 2009 2:19 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2009 2:20 pm

Harris to announce, probably for Tennessee

Tobias Harris will announce his college decision Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.

The 6-foot-8 forward is No. 21 in MaxPreps.com's Class of 2010 rankings. He's officially still considering a host of schools, among them Louisville, Syracuse and Maryand. But an unannounced visit to Tennessee on Tuesday has most believing Harris will be a Vol considering he had previously visited the UT campus. In other words, there was no reason for Harris to stop by UT again on his way back from Georgia Tech if he didn't plan to commit to Bruce Pearl's program. But either way, the official announcement comes Thursday night.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 28, 2009 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2009 5:06 pm

Tabb withdraws from Tennessee

Tennessee announced Wednesday that Josh Tabb has withdrawn from school. Officially, he did so to be closer to his mother, who is reportedly ill in Illinois. But it must be noted that Tabb had been serving an "indefinite suspension" for a "violation of team rules" since last month, and it's hard to imagine that didn't factor into his exit from the program.

Consider this quote from Bruce Pearl from last month: "We have tried to give Josh every opportunity to be a part of this program. He has been unable to meet the expectations that we have for our student-athletes. It’s my hope that he’ll learn from this, as everyone here at Tennessee wants to see Josh succeed."

This development means the Vols will now be down two players they expected to have in their rotation. In addition to Tabb, UT also lost Emmanuel Negedu for the season because of a heart condition. It's unlikely he'll ever play again.

Tabb averaged 17.2 minutes per game last season.

He started 11 games.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 6, 2009 6:55 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2009 7:01 pm

Negedu will not play for Vols this season

Tennessee sophomore Emmanuel Negedu had a sub-pectoral implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted in his chest Tuesday and will not practice with or play for the Vols this season, the school has announced.

Negedu suffered a sudden cardiac arrest after a workout Sept. 28.

He had no pulse when medics arrived.

“Emmanuel is such a special young man,” said UT coach Bruce Pearl. “You don’t come across many like him. He’s faced a tremendously frightening obstacle with unbelievable courage. He is going to be an inspiration to many, and we all feel truly blessed that he’s still here with us.”

Negedu is expected to remain at the UT Medical Center overnight.

“I just want to say thanks to all those people that care about me and show me they care,” Negedu said. “I want to say I appreciate everything. God is going to see me through this. With God, all things are possible. God is always in control.”
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 1, 2009 6:26 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2009 6:29 pm

Memphis adds another local recruit

Chris Crawford announced Thursday that he will remain home for college and play at Memphis.

"I just really didn't want to leave," said Crawford, a senior at Sheffield in Memphis. "I want to play in front of my family."

Crawford (ranked 66th nationally at Rivals.com) is the fourth prospect from the Class of 2010 to commit to Memphis. He joins Will Barton (ranked 11th nationally), Joe Jackson (ranked 12th nationally) and Antonio Barton, meaning Memphis now has three top 75 commitments.

Crawford and Jackson played summer ball together for the Memphis Magic Elite.

The 6-foot-4 guard hit the winning shot in the title game of the adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas.

There have been some questions about whether Crawford will qualify academically to compete as a freshman. But a source who has seen the transcript told CBSSports.com this week that Crawford "will be fine" and added that there's no reason to think he won't be eligible. Crawford was also considering Tennessee and Mississippi State.
Posted on: September 28, 2009 10:51 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2009 11:08 am

UT's Negedu revived with defibrillator

Tennessee sophomore Emmanuel Negedu -- who had to be revived with a defibrillator after collapsing Monday -- was still at the UT Medical Center resting and having tests run Tuesday morning, a source told CBSSports.com.

Negedu collapsed at the football practice facility after lifting weights.

A source said the forward had no pulse when members of the UT athletic training staff arrived.

Negedu averaged 7.2 minutes per game last season and appeared in all 33 contests. He originally signed with Arizona out of Brewster Academy but later enrolled at Tennessee after getting a release. Whether he'll ever be cleared to play again is now uncertain.

"We just spoke with E-Man and he is in great spirits," Griffin Guess, the Hollywood producer who is married to supermodel Marisa Miller, told CBSSports.com early Tuesday. Guess, like Negedu, is a Brewster Academy graduate. He and Miller befriended the Nigerian during a trip to Brewster two years ago. They have remained in contact ever since and even attended a UT game in Knoxville last season.

"Marisa and I are going to go see him," Griffin added. "We're just happy he is feeling well."
Posted on: August 19, 2009 3:46 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2009 3:51 pm

Tragedy hits Tennessee program

The father of Tennessee associate head coach Tony Jones was found dead this week in Detroit, the victim of an apparent murder.

He was 86.

According to police, Clarence Jones was gathering mail for an 84-year-old friend who had been hospitalized. While at the friend's home, he was robbed and ultimately beaten to death. Police discovered the body Tuesday afternoon.

No arrest has been made.

"Tony is distraught," said UT assistant Steve Forbes. "He and his Dad were really tight. They had just spent a whole week together. So this is tough, and it's been tough on all of us here lately."

To that point, consider that Forbes said those words while preparing to board a flight to Milwaukee, where he will attend Thursday's funeral for Lavelle Felton, the 29-year-old  former Louisiana Tech player who died last week from a gunshot wound to the head. According to police, Felton was driving away from a gas station when he was shot. He died two days later at a Milwaukee hospital.

No arrest has been made.

Forbes recruited Felton while an assistant at Louisiana Tech.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 22, 2009 11:53 pm

Selby's first game since decommitment draws crowd

LAS VEGAS -- Josh Selby came out dunking.

And then he dunked again.

And then again.

And it became pretty clear pretty quickly why his decommitment from Tennessee is considered a big deal in recruiting circles. Simply put, the 6-foot-3 point guard is a special talent -- just a unique combination of size, strength, speed and toughness, all of which made Bill Self (Kansas), John Calipari (Kentucky), Jim Calhoun (Connecticut), Billy Donovan (Florida), Josh Pastner (Memphis) and Rick Stansbury (Mississippi State) drive to a small high school auxiliary gym in the middle of a painfully hot July afternoon.

They were each there Wednesday (as were assistants from Louisville and Tennessee). What they witnessed was Selby's initial game since reopening his recruitment, and it was a dominant performance against an obviously overmatched team on the first day of the Adidas Super 64 -- one of four major summer tournaments being held this week in Las Vegas.

Selby spoke about his decommitment after the win.

He said it wasn't his decision as much as it was a "family decision."

"We just want to make sure that Tennessee is the right fit," Selby said. "It might not be."

Selby said Calipari, Calhoun, Self and Ohio State's Thad Matta have each called his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, since word of his decommitment surfaced Sunday. Still, the consensus top 10 national recruit described himself as "wide-open" and declined to offer a list of potential destinations, although it should be noted that multiple industry sources have labeled Kentucky the leader.


The main reason, it seems, is because Witherspoon acknowledged to CBSSports.com that she met with Calipari's close friend William Wesley during the LeBron James Skills Academy earlier this month, roughly two weeks before Selby decommitted from Tennessee. In fairness, Witherspoon has downplayed the significance of the meeting and insisted that it had nothing to do with the decommitment. But most coaches familiar with the business of recruiting are skeptical that this is all just a big coincidence. And then there's Tennessee assistant Tony Jones, who supplied a vague but telling quote to the Knoxville News Sentinel .

"I'm not going to comment on any specific player, because I am not allowed to do that," Jones told the paper. "I'll just say something smells right now."

On Wednesday, Selby was asked specifically about Wesley.

His response?

"I've never met him," Selby said. "I don't know who he is."
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