Best of the decade

Now that I've revealed my picks for the top Tennessee basketball players of the decade 2000-2009 by position, here's my top 10 regardless of position:

1. Chris Lofton: The best pure shooter these eyes have ever seen.

2. C.J. Watson: A superior ball-handler who also could bury the 3-pointer.

3. Ron Slay: Yeah, he was a showman but he still was a heck of a player.

4. Wayne Chism: A fine center who might've been even better at power forward.

5. JaJuan Smith: Overshadowed by Lofton, he still was an outstanding player.

6. Vincent Yarbrough: He didn't live up to his prep billing but he was productive.

7. Marcus Haislip: He exploded as a junior, then bolted for the NBA. Too bad.

8. Tyler Smith: His senior year left a bad taste but he had two fine seasons.

9. Dane Bradshaw: He excelled in the unique role Bruce Pearl created for him.

10a. Isiah Victor: "Zeke" wowed the fans with dazzling dunks and shot blocks.

10b. J.P. Prince: He couldn't shoot 3s but he could make things happen.


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