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      Ron Slay
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Nashville

High School:
Oak Hill Academy

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 240

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
06/29/1981

Experience:
3L

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2002-03 (Senior)
Ranks 14th all-time at UT with 1,552 career points ... Ranks among UT?s career leaders for three-pointers (11th with 76), three-point attempts (10th with 206), free throws (8th with 396), free throw attempts (9th with523) ... Set a Thompson-Boling Arena record for most free throws attempted with 19 vs. New Mexico (1/4/03) ? Tied a Thompson-Boling Arena record for most free throws made by a Vol with 15 vs. New Mexico (1/4/03).

Honors
SEC Player of the Year (Associated Press, CollegeInsider.com and Dick Vitale) ... First Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches and Dick Vitale) ... Wooden Award Finalist ... All-America (CollegeInsider.com) ... USBWA All-District IV .. First team NABC all-District 7 selection ... National player of the week (Feb. 17) by ESPN.com's Andy Katz and FOXSports.com's Frank Burlison ... Became the first player since Florida's Dan Cross in 1994 to win back-to-back SEC Player of the Week honors when he was named conference POW on Feb. 10 and 17 ... Became just the third player in SEC history to win back-to-back Player of the Week honors (UT's Dyron Nix also did it to start the 1989 season) ... Was runner-up for FOXSports.com's national player of the week on Feb. 10.

Slay Recently
Receives constant double teams and has seen triple and quadruple teams in several games ... Has led the SEC in scoring since the conference stats were first released on Nov. 24 ... Currently leads the SEC in scoring with 21.4 ppg, more than three points over the next player ... Against SEC teams, his 21.1 points per game was best in the league ... Owns two of the top five scoring games in the SEC this year with 38 points vs. New Mexico (1/4/03), 33 against Georgia (2/8/03) and 31 against Gardner-Webb (11/22/02) ... His 33 points against Georgia (2/8/03) were the most in an SEC game this season ... He is the only player in the SEC to rank in the top five in the league in scoring and rebounding ... Is averaging 22.6 points against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 ... Also ranks in the SEC's top 10 in rebounding (4th with 7.8 rpg), free throw shooting (5th with 78.6 percent), field goal percentage (8th with 48.9 percent) and defensive rebounding (1st with 6.21 rpg) ... Has recorded seven double-doubles this year ... Has scored 20 or more points 18 times and 30 or more points three times this season ... Had a career-high 38 points against New Mexico (1/4/03) ... Has established a new or tied an old career mark in 11 of 12 statistical categories.

2001-02 (Junior)
Missed Tennessee?s final 15 games after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he was fouled with 4:39 left in the first half of Tennessee?s win over Syracuse (1/19/02) ... Scored 20 or more points five times ... Led the Vols in rebounding in six of the his last eight games ... In his four games against Southeastern Conference foes he averaged 19.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game ... Tied his career high with 11 rebounds against Florida (1/9/02) ... Had 21 points and nine rebounds on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line to go with four assists against Ole Miss (1/6/02) ... Tied his season-high with 23 points against West Virginia (12/22/01) ... His 10 free throws made against the Mountaineers tied his career-high ... Made his first start of the season at SMU (12/6/01) ... He finished the contest with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point range, to go with eight rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of action ... In just 16 minutes of action, he scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with five rebounds against Appalachian State (11/29/01) ... Had a career-high for three-pointers made in his 3-of-4 effort behind the three-point arc against the Mountaineers ... Suffered a stress fracture to his fibula in his right leg on Oct. 28 that forced him to miss Tennessee?s first two games of the season ... Returned to the lineup in a limited role in UT?s game against Alaska Anchorage (11/23/01) ... Went 5-of-6 from the field to score 11 points in 16 minutes of action against Alaska Anchorage (11/23/01) ... Nine of those points came in the first five minutes of the second half as he helped the Vols build an insurmountable lead in their win over the Seawolves.

2000-01 (Sophomore)
A Third Team All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league?s coaches and the Associated Press ... Considered by many to be the best sixth-man in the nation ... ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said, ?Ron Slay brings energy and enthusiasm when he comes in the game. He?s the best sixth man in college basketball.? ... Moved into the starting rotation for five of Tennessee?s final six regular season games and then started the Vols? NCAA Tournament game ... Averaged 13.0 points per game (91 points in seven starts) when in the starting lineup ? Averaged 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in Tennessee?s two SEC Tournament games ... Came off the bench to register 22 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes of action against Auburn (3/9/01) in UT?s SEC Tournament first round game ... Scored 20 points against Ole Miss (3/9/01) in the second round of the SEC Tournament ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Rainbow Classic after averaging 15.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in leading Tennessee to the tournament championship ? Came off the bench to record his first career double-double with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds at No. 12 Syracuse ? Recorded his second career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes of action against Georgia (2/21/01) ? Saw a streak of 10 straight games scoring in double figures come to an end against South Carolina (1/13/01) when he recorded nine points in 17 minutes ? Tossed in 15 points in only 20 minutes of action against Florida (2/18/01) ? Scored 18 points with nine rebounds in his third career start versus Kentucky (2/14/01) ? Got his second career start in Tennessee?s 84-79 victory over Mississippi State in which he scored 15 points in 33 minutes of action ? During Tennessee?s seven-game road trip over the holidays he averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 63.3 percent (38-of-60) from the field and 60 percent (3-of-5) from three-point range ? Scored 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 9-of-14 from the free throw line against SMU (12/5/00) ? Listed as one of Andy Katz?s Top Five Players from around the nation for the week of his Dec. 11 Weekly Word column on ESPN.com ? Rated as the No. 10 power forward in the nation in The Sporting News? 2000-01 preseason rankings.

1999-00 (Freshman)
Saw action in all 33 games, making one start against American-Puerto Rico ... Played the second-most minutes among the freshmen, averaging 17.3 per game ... Ranked as the third leading scorer on team with 320 points for a 9.7 average, while pulling down 4.4 rebounds ... Led team in free throw percentage at 79.8, while shooting 51.1 percent from the field ... Scored in double figures 16 times, including nine of the last 12 games ... Averaged 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in three NCAA Tournament games, shooting 52.0 percent from the field (13-of-25) ... Had 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds against North Carolina ... Pumped in 15 against Louisiana-Lafayette in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, scoring 11 of those 15 points in the second half ... Set a season-high with two blocks and two steals against Connecticut while scoring eight points with four rebounds ... Scored a career-high 17 four times against Elon, at Mississippi State, when he hit 9-of-10 free throws, at Alabama and at Georgia ... Had 13 points with five rebounds against South Carolina in the SEC Tournament ... Scored 11 points with six rebounds in his only start versus American-Puerto Rico ... Pulled down at least six boards on nine occasions, including a career-high 10 in the Radford contest ... Pumped in 14 versus Long Island on 5-of-7 field goals ... Reached double-digits in five consecutive games at Alabama (17 pts), versus Arkansas (13 pts), at Georgia (17 pts), against South Carolina (13 pts) and Louisiana-Lafayette (15 pts) ... Scored at least eight points 23 times ... Scored 13 against Arkansas ... Scored 17 at Georgia, connecting on a career-high seven field goals ... Played at least 20 minutes on 11 occasions.

High School
Generally regarded as one of the nation?s top frontcourt prospects ... Led Oak Hill (Va.) Academy to a 31-0 record and the final USA Today No. 1 high school ranking in 1998-99 ... Averaged 17 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots as a senior ... Chosen to participate in the Derby Classic and the SEC-ACC Hoops Classic, two of the nation?s most prestigious high school all-star games, following senior season ... Captured the slam dunk contest at the Derby Classic ... Played first three prep seasons at Nashville?s Pearl-Cohn High School where he was a first-team All-State performer ... Averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a junior at Pearl-Cohn ... He was runner-up to current Vol Vincent Yarbrough as the state?s Class AAA Mr. Basketball in 1998 ... Led Pearl-Cohn to two consecutive state tournament appearances in 1997 and 1998 ... Named Nashville?s 1998 Metro Player of the Year ... Averaged 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds as a sophomore at Pearl-Cohn ... Coached at Oak Hill Academy by Steve Smith.

Personal
Born: June 29, 1981 ... Full name: Ronald Sylvester Slay ... Academic Major: Arts & Sciences.

Noting Slay
Missed Tennessee?s final 15 games after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee on Jan. 19 ... Said that missing those games as a junior ?...the most frustrating thing I?ve ever experienced in my life.? ... Has come back from the injury stronger than ever, improving his bench press by 50 pounds to 335 and his squats by 200 pounds to 500 ... His godfather is former Chicago Bears star Richard Dent ... Lists Dent as the most impressive person he knows ... If he was a professional wrestler says his name would be ?The Black Nature Boy? ... Describes his playing style as similar to that of Charles Barkley ... Described by ESPN announcer Jay Bilas as a ?baby Barkley? ... In a movie of his life, would choose Chris Tucker to play the role of him ... When asked what the best practical joke that has been pulled on him, he responded by saying that ?I pull them.?

Year
FG-A
Pct
3FG-A
Pct
FT-A
Pct
Reb
Avg
Ast
Blk
Stl
Pts
Avg
2000
117-229
.511
11-27
.407
75-94
.798
146
4.4
17
7
17
320
9.7
2001
145-289
.502
16-45
.356
120-171
.702
176
5.3
33
9
11
426
12.9
2002
70-143
.490
11-32
.344
56-74
.757
91
6.5
29
0
4
207
14.8
2003
206-421
.489
40-106
.377
147-187
.786
218
7.8
59
4
21
599
21.4
TOTAL
538-1082
.497
78-210
.371
398-526
.757
631
5.8
138
20
53
1552
14.4

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