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The Start of Basketball Preseason
Believe it or not, Tennessee basketball is HERE! Both the Vols and Lady Vols have started preseason practices, and Nathanael Rutherford speaks with Ryan Schumpert of Rocky Top Insider about what he's seen from the Vols' basketball team through the first week of practices and on UT's Media Day this week. Who is going to back up Zakai Zeigler at point guard? Will the Vols have some post players to rely on offensively this season? Plus, Julian Phillips is already garnering rave reviews from UT's coaches.
Are the Vols a Preseason Top 10 Team?
Some early preseason polls are starting to come out, and the Vols are starting to appear higher up than you might expect for the 2022-23 season. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss whether or not Tennessee will be a preseason top 10 team this upcoming season and if the Vols deserve that ranking. Plus, UT's full 2022-23 schedule has been released, and it could lead to a pretty strong start for the Vols this year. Also, is Josiah-Jordan James the Vols' best player heading into this season? One media outlet seems to think so.
A Big Time Big Man Chooses the Vols
Tennessee's men's basketball program stayed hot on the recruiting trail in the 2023 class when elite big man JP Estrella announced his commitment to UT on Friday. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley break down the Vols' latest commitment and discuss why he could be a dynamic post option for Tennessee in the future. Plus, where does Rick Barnes rank among the rest of the college basketball world when it comes to recruiting? One national media outlet shared their take on Barnes' recruiting prowess.
(1:45) - Borderline 5-star PF/C JP Estrella chooses the Vols(16:57) - Looking at some of UT's 2023 targets(20:08) - Where does Rick Barnes rank as a recruiter in CBB?(51:09) - The Vols are already getting Top 10 preseason hype
Another Tough Schedule for the Lady Vols
No surprise here: The Lady Vols have to face another grueling slate of games when they enter the 2022-23 season. Nathanael Rutherford is joined by special guest Ryan Sylvia of TNJN to discuss UT's difficult schedule for the upcoming season now that the full schedule has been released. Plus, if you could only choose one player to protect the entire season from injury, which Lady Vol would you select? And which game (or games) will we see the Lady Vols wear their new Summitt Blue jerseys this season?
The Vols Land an Elite Scorer
**WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE MESSED UP AUDIO QUALITY. Apparently when recording, the software recorded from the incorrect audio source, which is why the audio sounds lower quality in this episode. We apologize for the mishap.**
The Vols added a big piece to their 2023 recruiting class this week when four-star combo guard Freddie Dilione out of North Carolina committed to Tennessee. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss the Vols' newest commit and why he could be the exact type of offensive threat UT needs in the future. Plus, the Lady Vols are getting a new alternate jersey for this upcoming season, and the football team is bringing back the Smokey Grey uniforms. When will the Tennessee men's basketball team get to join in on the fun with alternate jerseys?
(1:59) - What the Vols are getting from 4-star guard Freddie Dilione(14:11) - Tennessee's 2023 class is shaping up to be VERY nice(24:17) - Heaping praise on Josiah-Jordan James(31:43) - Can the basketball Vols get some alternate jerseys, please?
All About Expectations
What exactly are fair expectations for Tennessee's men's basketball program as a whole? Does the Vols' distant past matter more than their recent history? Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss how the Vols are viewed nationally and where exactly UT should rank in men's college basketball compared to other programs. Do fans who got sucked into UT hoops during the Bruce Pearl era have higher expectations for the Vols than older fans who grew up watching Ray Mears and Don DeVoe? Plus, Tennessee has released the full non-conference schedule for the men's team, and the Vols should have a pretty nice record heading into SEC play this season.
(1:40) - Do younger Vol fans have higher expectations for UT hoops?(21:49) - Inconsistency is the biggest reason the Vols haven't had more success(30:48) - Is Tennessee a top 25 program in the last 25 years?(38:12) - The difference between building a program and having a string of teams(53:16) - Tennessee has a pretty favorable non-conference schedule
Great UT basketball podcast!
Love the addition of the Lady Vols episodes and the guests for those!
Vol Basketball Fever
Long time basketball fan.
Love having access to UT Bball insight weekly.
Thankful for the Lady Vols portion of the pod as well.
All Vol fans should follow.
Should be a great podcast
Looking forward to seeing this podcast going forward. Nate is a good analyst who knows his stuff, having him on an SEC Basketball themed podcast will be a must-listen.