I will have to admit it has been very hard for me to talk about Tennessee basketball since we fired the greatest HC in my lifetime the days following a loss to Michigan in the NCAA tournament. However life goes on and so does UT athletics, and now it is new Tennessee’s Men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin’s turn to lead the Vols.
This past Friday was the first practice for the Vols and it sounds like the most common word coming out of practice about this team is “Defense”. At times the basketball team seemed to be sloppy on offense and that is expected with the youth and the lack of proven scorers on this team. Although the team may have struggled at times they showed they have the ability to keep the defensive pressure and intensity up by wearing 10lb weighted vests in the 1st half of the practice.
A couple of notes coming out of the first UT practice of interest have to deal with the defensive intensity by true freshman guard Wes Washpun. He was all over Trae Golden and caused several of issues during the 5 on 5 scrimmages with his ball pressure. Also one change from the teams in the past is that Martin plans on using an 8 men rotation with never more than nine.
Tennessee’s first exhibition will be at TBA on November 3rd at 7pm against Carson Newman.