While players can play basketball year round if they so choose, on occasion it’s beneficial to participate in other sports. That’s what members of the Tennessee men’s basketball team did last week, playing a game of flag football (7-on-7) at the football team’s indoor practice facility.
Seniors Jeronne Maymon and D’Montre Edwards were the captains, with Maymon’s team winning by the final score of 28-20. And for those who may be wondering, yes Maymon did play. That’s certainly a good sign for head coach Cuonzo Martin, especially when considering Maymon’s expectation that he would be 100% by the end of this month.
Adding a healthy Maymon (12.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg in 2011-12) to a rotation that includes forwards Edwards and Jarnell Stokes and guards Antonio Barton (transferred in from Memphis) and Jordan McRae should make the Volunteers a threat to reach the NCAA tournament.
Tennessee also adds three freshmen to the mix, with shooting guard Robert Hubbs being the one of the nation’s best freshmen at his position.
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Marshawn Wilson, a freshman guard, made a pretty good first impression to Northern Illinois fans, jumping over 6-foot-8 teammate, Jaylen Key, on Thursday night during the Hukies’ midnight madness.
Wilson is five inches shorter.
The Huskies are coming off a 14-18 (8-10 MAC) season. Northern Illinois begins the 2015-16 campaign against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 13, the first of three games in as many days.
Georgia State’s Ron Hunter appears to have recovered from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered last March while celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title.
On Thursday night, at the third annual GSU Jam, Hunter broke out the dance moves to the song “Hit The Quan” by iHeart Memphis.
Georgia State went on to defeat No. 3 seed Baylor in the Round of 64, thanks to a game-winning three from Hunter’s son, R.J. That shot made for one of the best moments of March Madness, as Ron Hunter fell of his rolling chair in disbelief.
R.J. Hunter is nowa a rookie with the Boston Celtics. Ron Hunter enters his fifth season with the Panthers.