2016-2017 Men’s Tennessee Basketball Preview: Vols Backcourt Off Guards

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Nov 19, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Robert Hubbs III (3) dribbles the ball against the Marshall Thundering Herd during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Here is a look at the off guards in the Volunteers’ backcourt in our official men’s Tennessee basketball preview for the 2016-2017 season.

Yes, basketball season is coming. It’s right there with the heart of football. And Rick Barnes is clearly building something for the men’s Tennessee basketball program.

Despite a losing record his first year as head coach, fans have bought into Barnes’s up-tempo style of basketball. They loved the heart the team showed and grew very excited about the future.

Well, that future is here.

The up-tempo system is heavily based on off-guards, who need to be able to quickly drive to the basket and be able to shoot the ball on the break.

The Vols lost a key off-guard in Devon Baulkman, who averaged over nine points last year. However, they return their most important player, who we’ll get to on the next slide.

They also return two other key contributors from the rotation, one of whom had to spend time at the point guard position last year due to the lack of depth.

But he should be back in his usual spot.

The mix of experienced talent in Barnes’s system combined with the new recruiting should give the Vols some newfound depth. As we preview the two and the three positions, you can also consider them the shooting guard and small forward/wing positions. But we’re calling them the off-guard positions.

And once again, we’ll put our projected starters on one slide. Backups projected to play a lot go on another, and backups expected to see limited action are the final slide.

Here is the official off-guard preview for the 2016-2017 Men’s Tennessee Basketball team.

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