Monthly Archives: August 2014

Vols hoops makes top-10 for five-star Dwayne Bacon

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee men’s basketball team is one of 10 finalists in the running for Dwayne Bacon, a five-star wing in the 2015 class.

VCU point guard suspended for season opener against Vols


KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee men’s basketball team’s tough season opener against VCU got a little bit easier Friday.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported VCU point guard Briante Weber will be suspended when UT and VCU meet on Nov. 14 in the Veterans Classic at the Naval Academy. He is accused of stealing an iPhone worth $200.

Weber, a likely starter who shot 44.9 percent from the field, played 28.9 minutes per game as a junior last season. He averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

Most impressive is Weber’s ability to, well, steal. He led all Division I players with 121 last season. He enters his senior season 90 short of setting the NCAA Division I record for career steals. He won’t get the chance against the Vols.

“Briante has failed to live up to the standards we’ve set for our program and we are holding him accountable,” VCU coach Shaka Smart said in a release acquired by the Times-Dispatch. “Part of his discipline includes missed competition. We expect that Briante will act according to the standards of our program moving forward.”

Vols hoops makes final six for five-star Labissiere

KNOXVILLE —Tennessee is one of the final six schools in the mix for a top prospect in the 2015 class.

Skal Labissiere, a five-star power forward, announced on Twitter Tuesday night that he has cut his list of potential teams to Kentucky, North Carolina, Memphis, Baylor, Georgetown and the Vols.

Scouting service 247Sports ranks the 6-foot-10, 198-pound Labissiere as the No. 1 player in the state and the No. 16 player in the 2015 class.

Labissiere, a native of Haiti, lives in Olive Branch, Miss., and plays at Evangelical Christian School in Memphis.

You can see him in action below.