Tennessee head coach Jerry Green announced the signing of Harris Walker

of Chattanooga to a national letter of intent.

Walker was Tennessee's Class AA Mr. Basketball last season, leading Brainerd

High School to a 29-7 record and the semifinals of the state tournament.

The addition of Walker reunites him with his former Brainerd teammate C.J.

Black, who will be a junior next year for the Vols.

"Harris Walker is an outstanding talent who should help our already

strong backcourt situation," Green said. "Signing the top players

in Tennessee is one of the priorities of our program, and Harris has certainly

been one of the best in our state the past two seasons. We look forward

to working with him and having him in our basketball family at the University

of Tennessee."

Walker joins Black, Brandon Wharton, Charles Hathaway, Tony Harris, Del

Baker and Vincent Yarbrough as celebrated Tennessee high school players

who decided to play at Tennessee in the past four years.

Walker, a 6-1 guard, enjoyed a stellar high school career at Brainerd,

leading the Panthers to a four-year mark of 127-20 and becoming the school's

all-time leading scorer with 1,947 points. He is also the school's all-time

leader in career assists, dishing out 680. He is one of only three players

to start all four years for Brainerd coach Robert High, who has coached

27 all-state players and won three state titles during his coaching career.

Walker is also High's first three-time All-State and All-State Tournament

player, who played in a school-record 10 state tournament games, including

two runner-up finishes.

Last season Walker averaged 22.2 points per game. Walker, who played

point guard his first three seasons before moving to off-guard as a senior,

scored a single-season school record 798 points in 1997-98 and broke former

prep All-America Malcolm Mackey's single-game school record with a 45-point

performance during a holiday tournament in Alaska. Walker finished his senior

campaign averaging 6.3 assists, 3.3 steals and 6.5 rebounds.

"I've been head coach at Brainerd for 23 years and Harris is the

best all-around player that I have ever coached, and that is saying a lot

because of some of the kids that have come through our program," High

said. "He shoots and handles the ball well and is just a complete overall

player and, based on his skills, I think he can play either the one or two-guard

Diamond Vols Drop Two at LSU

Eddy Furniss was determined not to let his teammates down on his record-setting

day.

On the day he broke the LSU career record for hits, his ninth-inning

grand slam gave the Tigers a 15-12 win over Tennessee in a Southeastern

game Saturday evening at Alex Box Stadium. It was the first grand slam in

74 career home runs for Furniss.

The nation's fifth-ranked team improved to 39-13 overall and 19-7 in

the SEC. Tennessee fell to 32-19 and 8-16. The series finale was Sunday

afternoon. Results were not available at press time.

With the game tied at 11 in the top of the ninth, Kurt Keene blasted

his 10th homer of the season to give the Vols a 12-11 lead. However, he

was outdone by Furniss in the bottom of the inning.

For the Vols, Justin Ross hit his ninth homer of the year and Jeff Pickler

hit two doubles to give him 28 on the season.

LSU defeated the Vols 4-3 on Friday in the first game of the series.

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