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NC State transfer Tyler Harris commits to Providence

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North Carolina State transfer Tyler Harris has committed to play for head coach Ed Cooley at Providence, multiple outlets are reporting.

Harris played under seven minutes per game in his freshman season at NC State, averaging 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds for a team that finished 24-13 and advanced to the Sweet 16.

He enters a program that is quickly aligning itself to make an improvement in the Big East, hiring former Fairfield coach Ed Cooley before the 2011-12 season and locking up the best recruiting class in the conference in 2012.

Led by 2012 guards Kris Dunn and Ricardo Ledo, the Friars are laying the groundwork to build a contender in the future.

At 6-8 and just over 200 pounds, Harris is a swingman who could fit well into the Friars’ rotation, once he becomes eligible in the 2013-14 season. His transfer brings him closer to his hometown in the Northeast, as he grew up in Dix Hills, N.Y., located on Long Island.

Harris is the younger brother of former Tennessee forward and current Milwaukee Buck Tobias Harris. His sister, Tesia, played college basketball at St. John’s.

The Friars finished 15-17 last season, including 4-14 in the Big East.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

CBT’s SEC postseason awards

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Player of the Year: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Do I really need to elaborate? He’s a dominant defensive force all season long and is slowly but surely showing that he has a face up game and the ability to step out and be a threat on the perimeter. He’s the only player that can give Thomas Robinson a run for National Player of the Year.

Coach of the Year: Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee

Again, there really isn’t much of an argument to be had here. Martin took over a program that was, more or less, left for dead after Bruce Pearl was fired and Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris went pro. But Martin has gotten the Vols to play a physical, gritty brand of basketball and added big man Jarnell Stokes at the right time. And now? They are the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament.

Rookie of the Year: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

I mean, obviously. There were some good freshmen in this conference, however. I guess this is where I should give Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brad Beal, and BJ Young.

Sixth-Man of the Year: BJ Young, Arkansas

Giving Young this award may be a bit controversial. He started seven of his team’s 31 games. But he also came off the bench for 24 of them and still managed to lead the Razorbacks in scoring (15.3 ppg) by a wide margin. Oh, and he’s only a freshman, meaning that Young still has a lot of improving to do. You’ve been warned, SEC.

Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Yup. Again.

All-SEC First Team

POY: Anthony Davis, Fr., Kentucky
G: Erving Walker, Sr., Florida
G: John Jenkins, Jr., Vanderbilt
F: Jeff Taylor, Sr., Vanderbilt
F: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Fr., Kentucky
C: Arnett Moultrie, Jr., Mississippi State

All-SEC Second Team

G: Dee Bost, Sr., Mississippi State
G: Kenny Boynton, Jr., Florida
F: Brad Beal, Fr., Florida
F: JaMychal Green, Sr., Alabama
C: Justin Hamilton, Jr., LSU

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Reborn Jeronne Maymon needs to help skidding Vols

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Two years ago, Jeronne Maymon quit.

At the time, Maymon was coming off a Wisconsin state title as a high school senior, and was a top 100 recruit, nationally.

That’s when the then-6-6, 230-pound forward Madison, Wisc., native promptly announced he was leaving Marquette and would transfer.

He had been averaging four points and just over four rebounds for the Golden Eagles off the bench. His father, Tim Maymon, said his son was displeased with his place in the Marquette system.

Tensions between the elder Maymon and Marquette head coach Buzz Williams were palpable, and Maymon held no punches.

“The whole problem with the whole Buzz situation was he didn’t want Jeronne to out-do anybody on that team until his sophomore year,” he told Madison.com. “They didn’t want to play the game right, so now we’re going to watch them lose every game. That’s just how it works.”

That was then.

Now, Jeronne Maymon is a 6-7 junior who weighs 265 pounds. He has traded Marquette baby blue for the electric orange of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Under first-year Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, Maymon and the Volunteers have lost four in a row and six of seven, following a 71-65 loss to College of Charleston on Wednesday night.

Not exactly what he may have been looking for.

But on the year, Maymon is averaging nearly 14 points and eight rebounds, becoming the strong contributor that his father thought needed a chance at Marquette.

In the absence of Tobias Harris and Scotty Hopson, who both tested the waters of the NBA Draft, Tennessee has had to lean on young guards Jordan McRae and Trae Golden.

Maymon is Tennessee’s best inside presence and his overall consistency, peppered with a few impressive outings, has been dampened and discounted by the Volunteers’ other struggles.

At the Maui Invitational, despite losing in double overtime, 99-97, Maymon posted 32 points and 20 rebounds, including a clutch drive to the basket that sent the game into overtime.

But, with little defense on the perimeter, including a defense that allowed 24 points to Charleston’s Antwaine Wiggins (though a skilled player in his own right), the Volunteers have been buried.

Combine that with spurts of high turnover rates – 17 turnovers versus Austin Peay and 16 more Wednesday night against Charleston – and Tennessee is quickly behind in the SEC.

With four more games before a rematch with Memphis, then moving into SEC play, the 3-6 Vols are destined for growing pains this season.

Maymon came close to a double-double against Charleston, tallying nine points and eight rebounds. If Martin’s team increases their efficiency, which includes continuing to work the ball into the post, they may be able to help their cause in conference play.

They play again on Dec. 20 against UNC-Asheville.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_