Basketball Vols prep season opener, sign two players to 2012 class

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has done all the right things in preparation for the 2011-12 season. Now it's time for new coach Cuonzo Martin to learn just what the Volunteers can do on the court.

There's still a lot of unknowns for a very new-looking Vols squad as it heads into Friday's season opener against North Carolina-Greensboro. That's OK with Martin, who knows his players must "hit that tough spot" and be challenged before they find out who the leaders and go-to players are.

Tennessee will face plenty of challenges early. After hosting UNC-Greensboro and Louisiana-Monroe, the Vols travel to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, where they'll face No. 6 Duke on Nov. 21. The field also includes No. 11 Memphis, No. 13 Kansas, No. 17 UCLA and No. 18 Michigan among others.

Tennessee has also signed Derek Reese and D'Montre Edwards to its 2012 incoming class.

Reese is a 6-foot-7, 205-pound native of Charleston, S.C. Vols coach Cuonzo Martin says Reese is a versatile wing who both shoots the ball well from the perimeter but can play around the basket.

As a junior last year at Olympia High School, Reese averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Edwards is currently attending Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla., and will have two years of eligibility left when he enrolls at Tennessee.

Martin says Edwards has experience, athleticism and quickness that will allow him to contribute to the Vols immediately. Last year he averaged a team-high 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game