Rocky Top draft

Interestingly enough, the first two picks in Wednesday night's Pilot Rocky Top summer basketball league draft were NOT current Tennessee Vols.

Pick No. 1 was former Vol point guard C.J. Watson, now playing for the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Pick No. 2 was 6-foot-10 Jon Mueller, a former Marquette player who still moves well for a 30-year-old.

The run on current UT players began at this point. Guard Scotty Hopson, guard Cameron Tatum, forward Emmanuel Negedu and forward Wayne Chism were taken with Picks 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Three more Vols were selected in Round 2 – point guard Bobby Maze with Pick 8, center Brian Williams with Pick 10 and incoming freshman forward Kenny Hall with pick 12.

Round 3 saw guard Josh Tabb taken with Pick 14. Round 4 saw forward Renaldo Woolridge taken with Pick 19, walk-on guard Skylar McBee taken with pick 22 and non-scholarship forward Steven Pearl taken with Pick 24.

Three Vols are passing on the Rocky Top League this summer. J.P. Prince is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Signee Melvin Goins is finishing up some junior college classwork. Redshirt freshman Philip Jurick, as expected, is looking into transfer options.

As usual, the Rocky Top League will feature an assortment of former Vols. In addition to the previously mentioned Watson, these include: C.J. Black and Damon Johnson (Round 2), Jon Higgins and Dane Bradshaw (Round 3), Rashard Lee (Round 4), Ron Slay and Ben Bosse (Round 7).

Ex-Vol Chris Lofton, currently working out with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, could join the Rocky Top League once his career path is a little more settled. Current Vol Tyler Smith, still deciding whether to enter the NBA Draft or return for his senior season at UT, has the same option.

Big Orange fans may follow the News-Sentinel team with special interest, since its roster features current Vols Hopson, Williams and McBee, along with ex-Vols Bradshaw and Bosse.

Ray's ESG also has a strong Orange tint, thanks to current Vols Hall and Pearl, plus ex-Vols Watson, Higgins and Slay.

Choice Spine (Tatum, Black), First Tennessee Bank (Negedu, Maze), HT Group (Chism, Woolridge) and Richardson Construction (Johnson, Tabb) have two current and/or former Vols each.

The six-team Rocky Top League begins play Monday evening at Bearden High School Gym in Knoxville. Games will tip off at 6, 7:30 and 9 each Monday and Wednesday night through July 1.


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