The past few days have been as exciting as any for hoops fans, as the fall signing period ended on Wednesday and the team tipped off against UNC Asheville on Tuesday.  To prevent myself from wearing out my thesaurus in an attempt to describe the team’s immaculate play in Tuesday’s 124-49 win, I will share a few facts and statistics that should paint an appropriate picture of how the game went down.

-The team broke two school records, one for points scored, 124, and one for assists in a game, 34.

-The 75 point margin of victory is the second largest in school history, second only to a 79 point victory over the University of Mexico in 1966.

-UNC Asheville never led in the contest, and the largest Volunteer lead was 83 points.

-Scotty Hopson scored 25 points in only 23 minutes on the court.  He hit his first six attempts from beyond the arc, finishing the game shooting 6 of 7 from long range and he is currently 10 of 13 on the season.  He is also leading the team in points per game with 20.5.

-The Vols forced 29 turnovers, and scored 49 points off of those turnovers, the same number of points the entire UNC Asheville team amassed. 

-The Vols held the Bulldogs to only 24% shooting, while the home team converted on almost 60% of their attempts.

The biggest news of the week took place off the court, and mostly in the State of New York.  On Tuesday, multiple sources reported that NYC small forward, Jayvaugh Pinkston would sign with the Volunteers on the following day.  Later in the day, Tobias Harris, the top ranked small forward in the class of 2011, who is also from New York, made an unexpected trip to see the Vols rout UNC Asheville.  Thursday, the same sources reported that Pinkston would wait until the spring signing period to sign with a team.  Finally ending the week’s drama, Tobias Harris announced his plans to attend the University of Tennessee on ESPNU that evening. 

Harris is a tall and athletic small forward who can do it all.  He can beat you from the outside, play under the basket, and drive to the glass, which is a lethal threat when combined with his 6’8 frame.  His game is most commonly compared to Carmello Anthony’s, but comparisons have also been made to Tyler Smith, Grant Hill, Chris Douglas Roberts, and the late Len Bias.  Harris is a perfect fit for the Volunteers and should thrive in Coach Pearl’s system, as he can get up and down the court with ease.  Expect him to play a role very similar to Tyler’s role this year.

Harris will be big for the program in many, many ways.  First, he is a great player who will have an immediate impact on next year’s team, especially after the departures of Tyler Smith and Wayne Chism.  Also, he is a true one and done player, which should put an end to some negative recruiting by opposing coaches when he goes pro.  The commitment will also turn the heads of other big name recruits, with the first of these being the infamous Josh Selby.  Selby has reportedly asked the coaching staff to re-enter his recruitment after he de-committed from the Volunteers this summer.

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