DALLAS — Tennessee basketball players shared all sorts of interesting information that they’ve been holding out this season.
Or maybe the media just asked better questions?
Whatever the case, the No. 3-seeded Vols (25-8) seemed to be having fun with it at American Airlines Center the day before their 12:40 p.m. Thursday game with No. 14-seed Wright State (25-9).
Who knew that Admiral Schofield didn’t like his name as a child and went by his middle name, “Donovhan?”
“I got my name because my dad was in the military for 24 years,” Schofield explained. “I was born in London, England. Over there, they have the Admiral Insurance like we have the General Insurance. It was aired on infomercials over the radio.
“Yeah, it’s a pretty cool name, (but) I didn’t really like it when I was younger. I’ve gotten used to it now.”
1. Lamonte Turner on edge
SEC Sixth Man of the Year Lamonte Turner said he was feeling edgy on Wednesday. Not because he’s worried about shooting in a different arena, but because he knows he needs to be at his best against Wright State’s half court offense
“You have to be on edge as a defender, because they move without the ball,” Turner said, referring to the Raiders’ motion offense. “Playing teams like Arkansas, Mississippi State, Kentucky — teams that are ball dominant — is one thing because their guards do a lot with dribble penetration.
“But teams like this you have to be careful of back-cuts. We have to get in the passing lanes and make them dribble more.”
2. James Daniel likes wings
James Daniel lll led the NCAA in scoring while at Howard, so he has had to learn to adjust to shooting in new arenas.
“I would say being comfortable is being aggressive early and seeing the ball go in, that’s the biggest thing for shooters, is getting a good one early,” Daniel said. “Usually in big arenas, like this, the corners and top of key are iffy sometimes because of the depth.
“If you get a good look on the wing, it evens it out for you.”
3. Yves Pons ready to rock and block
Yves Pons said he knew his blocked shot against Kentucky was a goal tend, but it still had an effect.
“I think it creates some energy for my teammates,” Pons said, “and it lets the opponent know we are here and we’re going to defend hard, there will be no easy baskets.”
4. John Fulkerson knows his role
John Fulkerson impressed Coach Rick Barnes with 3 rebounds in 10 minutes in an SEC Tournament game last week, but he admits he’s not all the way back from his injuries.
“I haven’t been up to par like last season, the injuries have something to do with that, but the big thing is being ready when coach calls my number,” Fulkerson said. “So it’s staying mentally engaged and locked in with the scouting report and being ready when coach calls me.
“I think my role is to bring energy, and when coach goes to the bench, don’t let there be a drop-off. I’m ready to get rebounds and block shots and make the fix-it plays.”
5. Grant Williams putting team first
Sophomore Grant Williams said he’s still not accustomed to the “SEC Player of the Year” tag before his name.
“It’s sometimes difficult to understand I won it, I haven’t thought about it much,” Williams said. “The thing is you have to respect the team because they are the reason I got it. I just try to do my job every night.
“I don’t have to score a ton of points, I just need to do what I can, whether that’s putting the ball in the basket, or guarding someday or getting rebounds, that’s what I will do for us to win.”
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