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Wednesday, August 1
Team preview: Tennessee

Returning Leaders
Points: Yarbrough 13.9 ppg
Rebounds: Yarbrough 7.4 rpg
Assists: Yarbrough 2.5 apg
FG %: Haislip 51.6%
3pt %: Higgins 48.6%
FT %: Haislip 75.7%

00-01 Stats:
Tennessee | SEC

The lowdown
2000-01 record: 22-11; 8-8 in SEC (4th in East)
Final Ranking: NR
Postseason: Lost to Charlotte 70-63 in first round of NCAA Tournament.

Three Questions for 2001-02
1. How will Thaydeus Holden react to being the starting point guard? Will he settle the team down, or contribute to any chaos?

2. Will Ron Slay become the go-to player as a starter instead of off the bench?

3. How will the Vols be affected by the dismissals of Harris Walker and Terrence Woods? Will they have enough bodies to make a run?

Andy Katz's Scenarios
Best case: Buzz Peterson maximizes this talented team, Vincent Yarbrough is a star and the Vols win the SEC East and get a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Worst case: Tennessee still makes the tournament, but stumbles into the field as a near double-digit seed.

Key Players Returning
Player Yr. Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Vincent Yarbrough Sr. F 6-7/210 PTS: 13.9 | REB: 7.4 | AST: 2.5
Ron Slay Jr. F 6-8/225 PTS: 12.9 | REB: 5.3 | AST: 1.0
Jon Higgins Jr. G 6-3/190 PTS: 6.5 | REB: 3.5 | AST: 2.4

Key Losses
Player Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Isiah Victor F 6-9/220 PTS: 12.8 | REB: 6.6 | AST: 0.9
Tony Harris G 6-0/165 PTS: 11.4 | REB: 2.0 | AST: 3.8

Tennessee Signings
Player Pos. Ht. High School/College
Derek Stribling F 6-6 Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards H.S.
Elgrace Wilborn F 6-8 Springfield, Ohio/South H.S.
Thaydeus Holden G 6-0 Chattanooga, Tenn./Seward County CC

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