A Tennessee team picked to finish at the bottom of the SEC shared the league title with Auburn.
The Vols, who finished the year ranked within the top 10 in adjusted defensive efficiency on KenPom.com, will boast more ambitious aspirations next season. All but one player (James Daniel III) will likely return, including Grant Williams (15.2 PPG), who won SEC Player of the Year.
Rick Barnes, who won SEC Coach of the Year honors, should have his top six scorers returning. Tennessee will have a talented crew next season.
A top-10 recruiting class and the return of two all-ACC-level players should position the Tar Heels to compete for another title in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
Caleb Martin (18.9 PPG), Jordan Caroline (17.7 PPG) and Cody Martin (14.0 PPG) — the top three scorers from a team that averaged 83.0 PPG — have all entered the NBA draft without hiring agents. You feeling lucky, Nevada?
They’re all 6-7 junior wings who could come back to Reno to pursue a national championship. With their size and athleticism, the Martin brothers will make money playing professionally somewhere, even if it’s not in the NBA. Caroline, too.
Shazier appeared to be good spirits as he smiled and waved a Terrible Towel.
The 25-year-old is recovering from spinal stabilization surgery.
He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Steelers have not elaborated on what Shazier’s surgery entailed nor what his prognosis is.
Ryan Shazier’s father says the injured player now has feeling in his legs, according to a report from Pittsburgh’s WPXI 11 News.
Vernon Shazier told WPXI that his son is improving.
He’s making progress daily, he said. He’s a long way from where he was on Monday night.