Cuonzo Martin settles into SEC

HOOVER, Ala. — What a difference a year makes. Cuonzo Martin faced the press at SEC Media Days last season as a newcomer to Tennessee and with his team picked to finish 11th. This season the Vols are slated fourth and Martin came across as a seasoned SEC pro. Go inside to hear from the coach.

Cuonzo Martin touched on a number of topics Thursday at the daylong event the Wynfrey Hotel, which featured a steady rotation of 28 head coaches – 14 on the men's and women's sides of the SEC – through the media's interview room.

Martin discussed the improvement of Jarnell Stokes, Trae Golden, the hire of his close friend Rick Ray at Mississippi State – the two overlapped on the staff at Purdue – the depth of the league and Holly Warlick succeeding Pat Summitt for the Lady Vols.

He also cited defense as a potential strength of his 2012-13 squad.

"I want to score the ball, and when I was a player I shot the ball, had some fun shooting, so I like offense, and if you can make some shots then shoot," Martin said. "But we have to defend all the time and that will give us a chance to win the game."

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