Monthly Archives: June 2013

Notable Quotes & Quotable Notes: SEC hoops offseason teleconference

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin and his 13 fellow SEC men’s basketball coaches participated in Monday’s offseason teleconference. It was riveting stuff.
Of the pertinent information to come from Martin, the following update on Jeronne Maymon matches what Maymon told the News Sentinel three weeks ago
“As far as Jeronne, he’s been doing open gyms in the am and lifting weights and working out. He’s been in open gyms. He’s looked fine. His team won today and he competed at a high level. He looks like the same guy to me — making moves off the bounce, facilitating the offense. You always know the team he’s on because they play at another level on both ends of the floor. He has a tremendous passion for the game and does a great job communicating on both ends of the floor.
“He looks normal to me. It’s one of those deals where I’m not sure when he’ll get cleared full-time to do everything on a consistent basis every day. We kind of limit his days as far as five-on-five, full-court. But he’s at every individual workout and skill workout and does everything like the normal players.”
More Martin …

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Jarnell Stokes in D.C. with U.S. U19 team, bound for Prague on Saturday

Tennessee junior Jarnell Stokes spent the last two days working out in the nation’s capital.
On Saturday he’ll board a plane bound for Central Europe to represent the United States.
Just a normal ol’ summer for the Tennessee junior.
Coming off a gold-winning summer with the 2012 USA Men’s U18 World Championship Team, Stokes is spending a portion of this June and July with the U19 version. He and such notables as Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and Florida’s Michael Frazier relocated from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., to the Washington Wizards’ practice facility on Wednesday for training.
The FIBA U19 World Championship will run June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.
“It will keep me in shape, just getting advice from these coaches will help a lot,” Stokes said in an interview with’s Adam Zagoria while in D.C. “Just having this on my resume means a lot, playing with the USA.”
When asked about his return to UT after flirting with the NBA draft, Stokes told Zagoria, “I plan to do a lot more (next year). I plan to run the floor harder, just play harder. Also hitting shots. There’s a lot more things that I was disappointed last year.”
Stokes was also asked about SEC rival Kentucky. The one-time Wildcat recruit has angered the fanatically (and easily hissy-fitted) UK fan base before, but didn’t deliver any internet-bursting quotes this time around.
“I think they’ll be a very good team, but they still have a lot to prove,” Stokes said. “They’re still youngsters compared to us, so they still have a lot to prove.”
Read more from Zagoria’s interview with Stokes.
And, in case you’re curious, which I know you are, “bezpečný výlet” is “bon voyage” in Czech.