''I've been surprised by the overall ability they have as true freshmen.''
A lot of freshmen are talented. What separates Ainge and Schaeffer is their remarkable maturity and poise. Neither seems intimidated by his surroundings.
''I was surprised by their poise but, when you've been around the guys, that's just the way they handle themselves,'' Brown said. ''They're first-class guys, very involved in trying to be leaders. They're very young but they're always pumping guys up in the huddle and stuff. Things like that show their maturity level.''
Like most freshmen, Schaeffer and Ainge were lost in Tennessee's early workouts. Trying to assimilate new plays and terminology was difficult. Both have made tremendous strides in recent weeks, however.
''I think everything's starting to slow down for them,'' Brown said. ''You could see it (confusion) on their faces when they first came in for summer workouts but now they're starting to show their true potential.''