Dane's inside

He surprised his Tennessee coaches, his Tennessee teammates and his Tennessee fans last season by providing quality play as a 6-foot-4 power forward. Now it appears he'll get a chance to surprise them again.

With the arrival of two heralded freshmen – 6-9 Wayne Chism and 6-7 Duke CrewsDane Bradshaw seemed likely to play small forward or one of the guard spots in 2006-07. But the recent dismissal of 6-10 senior post Major Wingate probably ensures that Bradshaw will spend another season at the 4 (power forward) spot.

"I think I'll move around some but I was already in the mix at the forward position because we had some success with it last season," he says. "After that (Wingate's dismissal) it's kind of made it more clear that I'll have to serve more time there at the 4."

Bradshaw expects to see some playing time at small forward, as well as power forward. He played some point as a freshman and sophomore, and expressed a desire to return to that spot now that four-year starter C.J. Watson has exhausted his eligibility. Given the makeup of UT's roster, however, those hopes appear unrealistic.

"We've got so many guards right now it looks like I'll primarily be at the 4," Bradshaw says.

Despite his lack of height, the versatile Memphian ranked second on the team in rebounding last winter (5.4 per game). He finished with just one less assist (116) than team leader Watson and ranked third in steals with 56, just four off the team lead. Bradshaw produced some good scoring efforts, as well. The only time his height proved problematical was when he had to guard a lanky and athletic power forward such as Florida's 6-11 Joakim Noah or LSU's 6-9 Tyrus Thomas.

"Just on defense is where you notice the mismatch," he says. "On offense, it's more of a four-around-one system anyway."

The departure of Wingate leaves UT lacking post depth for the second season in a row. Other than Bradshaw, Chism and Crews, the only other post prospect on the team is Ryan Childress, a 6-9 sophomore who played sparingly last season, Given this shortcoming, the Vols may play a three-guard lineup some of the time.

"We're willing to do whatever it takes," Bradshaw notes, "and I think we'll be successful in whatever we do."

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