Buzz Likes New Look takes a look at this year's Tennessee Basketball team.

With no seniors lost from last year's team and only one signee added, Tennessee basketball would seem to be standing still. Not so. The Vols will have a new look in 2004-05.

Gone from the 2003-04 team are two players (John Winchester, Boomer Herndon) who elected to transfer. Joining the active roster are the afore-mentioned scholarship signee (Chris Lofton of Maysfield, Ky.) and two players who sat out last season -- UCLA transfer Andre Patterson and 2003 signee Jordan Howell. All three of the newcomers could have immediate impact.

''As a coach, you always hope you'll get plenty of impact from your new guys,'' Vol head man Buzz Peterson said during a Southeastern Conference teleconference earlier today. ''Andre and Jordan have been with us a year, practicing and everything, and that helps.''

Patterson should have considerable impact. The 6-foot-7 forward started as a freshman at UCLA and could provide some much-needed scoring punch around the basket.

''Andre can help inside or step out and hit the 12-footer,'' Peterson said. ''His last year at UCLA he led the Pac 10 in field-goal percentage, and he did that by taking high-percentage shots.''

Howell, who missed last season while recuperating from mononucleosis, is looking to regain the form that enabled him to shoot 47 percent from 3-point range as a high school senior.

''Jordan is probably a little inconsistent as an outside shooter right now,'' Peterson noted, ''but he can roll off three or four in a row for you.''

Although Lofton has not yet practiced with his Big Orange teammates, he has impressed the head man with his play in all-star action.

''Lofton has had a tremendous spring,'' Peterson said. ''He had 41 points in one (Kentucky vs. Indiana) all-star game. He loves to play the game and has tremendous heart. We're excited about those three additions to our program.''

Lofton, in particular, fills a glaring need for the Vols. Scooter McFadgon was just about Tennessee's only outside scoring threat last season, and some opponents shut him down via a box-and-one defense. Lofton may be able to provide another long-range scorer, thereby taking some pressure off of McFadgon. In addition, Lofton is a hardnosed player.

''It's hard when you try to measure how much desire and will they have, how much heart they have,'' Peterson said. ''Here's somebody who can fill it up from outside and has tremendous heart. We're excited about Chris and we're ready for him to get on campus.''

Although the 2003-04 Vols limped home 15-14 after suffering a first-round lossto George Mason in the NIT Tournament, Peterson is optimistic about the season ahead.

''I'm excited about this year,'' he said. ''Even with Winchester and Herndon leaving, 90 percent of our scoring and rebounding return. The question is: Who's going to step up and be our leader? The coaching staff hopes C.J. (Watson) will give our team great leadership on and off the floor.''

The head man said he also hopes to get leadership from a pair of seniors -- McFadgon and 6-foot-10 Brandon Crump.

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