KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Four years ago the Tennessee Basketball program was in shambles. Enter Rick Barnes from Texas along with a few Freshman including Kyle Alexander, "Coach Lanier used to play this video of Kyle where he looked like a baby giraffe, where he could hardly stand up, wobbling all over the place to where he's gotten so much better", says head coach Rick Barnes.
Also among that class was Admiral Schofield who the coach says, " he started overweight, but was a hard worker and wanted to go at it with everything he had.
Four years, an SEC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance later, there's no question those two guys have certainly mastered their craft along the way helping to build this historic season on Rocky Top.
Coach Barnes has expressed his love and appreciation for this Senior Class and it's work ethic, especiall the Admiral saying," I do appreciate the hard work and I do think it's a talent. There's a depth chart of who works hardest on your team and Admiral has always been at the very topof that list."
Two other Seniors, with a little less name recognition, but equal role in crafting this team according Coach Barnes are Lucas Campbell and Brad Woodson, " arguably you could pick them as team captains of this basketball team bcause of the way they go about it day in and day out. They have poured everything they have into this program."
These Seniors are Vols which have already left a lasting mark on the program and certainly with their head coach, "I love these guys and when I think about my individual relationship with each of them, it's unique in their own way."
Those Seniors will play their final game on the Summitt floor tonight at 9pm as the Vols close out the home portion of their schedule for this season.