Prince could 'thrive' at UT

The University of Tennessee basketball team returns every 2006-07 starter next winter except for Dane Bradshaw. As fate would have it, the former Memphis White Station standout may be replaced by another White Station grad.

That would be J.P. Prince. After sitting out last season as a transfer from Arizona, he has a good chance to crack UT's starting five in 2007-08. Blessed with a lanky 6-8 frame and surprising quickness, his height and athleticism make him a great fit for Tennessee's up-tempo offense and full-court pressure defense.

"He's a very athletic kid. You can see that from his body type," Bradshaw said recently. "Just by looking at him, you can see that he could thrive in this system – just the steals and deflections he can get."

Although Prince was not eligible to play with the Vols in 2006-07, he was allowed to practice with them. His performance in these workouts reinforced Bradshaw's recollections from their days as high school teammates.

"He has a great basketball IQ," Bradshaw said. "He's a great passer who makes the people around him better. We saw some highlights of what he can do, just with him being on the scout team. I expect him to fit in well in this system."

Prince is similar in height, build and athleticism to former Florida standout Corey Brewer. When asked if Prince will remind UT fans of anybody, however, Bradshaw deftly ducked the question.

"I'm not sure," the former Vol said, grinning broadly. "He's a pretty unique kid. They'll just have to see for themselves. I can't give them any hints."

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