Apr 20, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) during the first half of the spring Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Vols To Host Ray Raulerson And More


From Fansided 150

2014 three-star offensive tackle Ray Raulerson is one of the stars at the prestigious Plant High in Tampa, Florida, and his recruitment is really starting to heat up big-time. One of his top schools, the Tennessee Volunteers, is set to host him on an unofficial visit today, and this is a huge visit for both Raulerson and Tennessee. If the Vols can impress him enough, then Butch Jones could very well have the next commitment under his belt. Other schools jockeying for Raulerson big-time are the Kentucky Wildcats, Vanderbilt Commodores, Louisville Cardinals, and Oklahoma State Cowboys. There are a pair of in-state rivalries at play here (Vanderbilt and Tennessee, as well as Kentucky and Louisville), so Raulerson’s recruitment is definitely one to watch closely.


From The Daily Times

 Don’t let the term ‘open gym’ fool you.

The pick-up basketball being played on summer nights on the Tennessee campus isn’t just a show-up-and-play atmosphere for the Vols basketball team.

“It’s been heated,” junior guard Josh Richardson said Wednesday.

Maybe that comes with a veteran team. Tennessee returns three of five regular starters — Richardson at guard, All-SEC senior Jordan McRae on the wing and junior Jarnell Stokes in the post — that combined for 88 starts last season.


From the Times Free Press

It didn’t take long for Darius Thompson to find a basketball court after the freshman guard moved into his room on the University of Tennessee campus.

He was far from alone, too.

“That first night when we got here, the team came in and helped us move in and all that, and after my parents left, we played our first open gym [with] everybody on the team that night,” Thompson recalled Wednesday night after his team lost to open the second night of the annual Rocky Top summer basketball league. “It was the first thing we did actually. After the game, we went and watched one of the [NBA] playoff games as a team.”


From Go Vols Xtra

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is hoping to be the Miami Heat’s good-luck charm for the second year in a row.

Jones will fly to Miami to attend Game 7 of the NBA Finals as a guest of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

The Heat won a thrilling Game 6 in overtime 103-100 on Tuesday, setting up a decisive game Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Jones was sitting courtside last year when the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 to win that series, 4-1.

Jones scored the seats through his friendship with Spoelstra, the fifth-year Heat head coach who has led the star-laden Heat to three consecutive NBA Finals.




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