Meanwhile, Slay belatedly has been added to the list of finalists for the John Wooden Award, given annually to the NCAA's top basketball player. He was omitted from a preseason checklist and a 20-man midseason finalist list. The addition of Slay and Boston College's Troy Bell bumps the number of Wooden finalists to 22.
Vol head man Buzz Peterson figures Slay deserves all of the accolades he's getting.
''If you go back to last year, when he had the (ACL) injury, how he refocused everything and came back with a businesslike approach, what he's done the last several months is awesome,'' Peterson said. ''You look at how mature he was about everything and how he picked this team up another notch and led them to some postseason activity.''
POST SCRIPT: Vol point guard C.J. Watson has been named to Collegeinsider.com's 20-man All-Freshman Team.