Rob Lanier wants to see Tennessee compete this season...and the Volunteers have their share of competitors.
The 2015-16 roster includes seven new additions for new coach Rick Barnes and his coaches.
The "level of familiarity" amongst the staff has benefitted the acclimation process as associate head coach Rob Lanier first started working alongside Barnes in 1999, coached Vols assistant Chris Ogden and grew up with fellow assistant Desmond Oliver.
Lanier said the installation of the Tennessee offense is a "work in progress." The team does lack frontcourt and point guard depth and will rely on leadership from senior guard Kevin Punter, who Lanier calls "focused and mature."
Lanier and the staff don't use the word "rebuilding", and none of the coaches view the task ahead as that type of process: "We're not that far away."
The Tennessee hoops season gets underway when the Vols host Alabama-Huntsville at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET.