10 Minutes: Tennessee F/C Kyle Alexander

Get to know Tennessee basketball's most valuable import, Kyle Alexander.

Kyle Alexander traded out French for Spanish and then traded out soccer for basketball.

The lanky 6-foot-9 Alexander also departed Canada for the Red, White & Blue of America, specifically the Big Orange of Tennessee.

He's not only continuing to learn subject-verb agreement in a foreign language, but Alexander is also just now entering his fourth year of hoops.

Playing on raw instinct a portion of the time, Alexander clocked just over 12 minutes per game in 32 appearances as a freshman in 2015-16. That number figures to go up with a year of development under Rick Barnes & Co. in the books on top of the Vols lacking much size in the post.

He had 31 blocks 32 games, and his role as a rim protector is vital.

"Just because I'm the longest guy does not mean the team is looking at me for a big role and stuff," Alexander said. "Obviously being the longest guy, I'm going to have to contribute a lot, but I'm not worried about guarding other people and I know that if I were to get into foul trouble, I know that they can handle guarding anybody just as well as I can."

Five meals a day and the "see-food" diet have helped the front-court talent get from 195 pounds to 212 at the start of his freshman season to 225 presently.

"I've gotten stronger, and I think a lot of people could tell you that," said Alexander, who is the Vols' only player over 6-feet-7.

Tennessee gets back on the hardwood Thursday, facing Slippery Rock in Knoxville. Before tip-off, learn more about one of the key contributors as Alexander sat down with InsideTennessee to discuss the Vols' most imposing road environments, being on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Vols having a relationship with the Lady Vols and more in the video above.

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