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Trade, Wise Words From Former Vol Sparked Tobias Harris


On Tuesday, John Denton wrote a feature on Tobias Harris for the Orlando Magic website. The feature focuses on Harris' evolution into a bona fide NBA starter after his trade from the Milwaukee Bucks. The story is particularly interesting to Volunteer fans as it sheds light on some of Harris' darker times (being given up on by the Bucks) and how a former Tennessee Vol helped restore his confidence.

Denton went on to write:

Tobias Harris is the type of athlete who practically oozes confidence out his every pore. On the basketball court, there is no situation that scares him and no moment too big for him.

He'll take - and make - big shots, as proven by his game-winning dunk against Oklahoma City two weeks ago. And Harris has no hesitation when it comes to his position on the floor, willingly playing either small forward or power forward against bigger players.

However, the trade from Milwaukee rattled Harris' confidence.

But Harris admitted on Tuesday that hearing the initial news that he had been traded was shocking to the senses for him. Luckily for him, he had a former NBA standout and a fellow University of Tennessee product to give him a good piece of advice.

``It was eye-opening for me as a player to realize that the NBA is a business and it showed me that this league is a lot about confidence,'' Harris said. ``When I got traded from here, to begin with I was at first discouraged because I was here in Milwaukee. One of the first persons who called me was Dale Ellis, who played here. He was just telling me, `Don't ever think that just because they traded you, that doesn't mean they don't think that you can play. You can play in this league for a long time and when you get to Orlando you need to have that type of confidence.'

Read the full story - Denton: Trade to Orlando From Milwaukee "Sparked" Harris

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/19/14)

The Vols had their best defensive effort of the season, limiting Georgia to a season-low 48 points in a 67-48 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night. Get the full story: Stokes, Barton Lead Vols Past UGA, 67-48, plus highlights:

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/18/14)

The Vols return home to host Georgia tonight at 9 p.m., on ESPNU. Get the full preview here: Vol Hoops Central: Georgia.

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia third as it visits Tennessee Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Georgia at Tennessee

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/16/14)

The Vols suffered a 75-70 loss at Missouri on Saturday as both teams now stand 6-6 in the SEC. Check out the highlights:

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 

- Associated Press: Missouri edges Tennessee 75-70
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Missouri tops Tennessee Vols despite McRae's 31
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Big men finally play large role for Mizzou

Happy Birthday - Feb. 15: Amirah Johnson and Tony White

On February 15, we send birthday wishes to junior runner Amirah Johnson and former Vol basketball legend Tony White

Amirah Johnson

Tony White still holds the record for most points in a game with 51 points. 

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/15/14)

The Vols play at Missouri for the first time since 1984, this afternoon at 4 p.m. Get your full game preview in Vol Hoops Central: at Missouri.

Prior to departing Cuonzo Martin and several players met with the media. Check out the The @Vol_Hoops Report: Feb. 14

Here's a look at the coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols try to bounce back at Missouri
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols-Missouri rivalry could heat up fast
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Game Matchup: Tennessee at Missouri

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/12/14)

Tennessee was within one point with four minutes to go in the game, but the Vols dropped a 67-58 decision on Tuesday night. Jordan McRae's monster dunk was the No. 2 Play of the Day on SportsCenter following the game. Check it out: 

Here are the complete highlights of the game: 

Here's what the media wrote:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols show passion but Florida just too good

Happy Birthday - Feb. 11: Greer, Harrison, Nix, Rolfs

Lots of birthdays to celebrate on February 11. Former volleyball middle blocker DeeDee Harrison and recent soccer graduate and goalkeeper Jessica Rolfs.


Football defensive back Jabari Greer, of the New Orleans Saints was born on February 11, 1982. He has played in the NFL since 2004.

We also pay tribute to the late Dyron Nix who would have celebrated his birthday today. Nix starred for the Volunteers and head coach Don DeVoe from 1986-89 and was a two-time first-team All-SEC performer (1988, 1989). He ranks eighth on Tennessee's all-time scoring list with 1,877 career points. 

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/11/14)

The Vols host #3 Florida in the biggest home matchup of the season. Get the full preview in: Vol Hoops Central: Florida.

On Monday, Cuonzo Martin held his Press Luncheon. See what he had to say:

Here's what the media wrote leading into the game: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Florida at Tennessee

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/9/14)

The Vols Continued Their Dominance Over South Carolina posting a 72-53 Win on Saturday. Check out the highlights including some monster dunks from Jarnell Stokes: 

Here's what the media wrote:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee breezes past South Carolina
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols running out of time to post big win

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