Tennessee's two NBA Draft choices signed with their respective teams today for the upcoming basketball season.
Marcus Haislip, who was the Milwaukee's first-round selection with the 13th overall pick, inked with the Bucks, while Vincent Yarbrough signed with the Denver Nuggets, who picked him in the second round of last month's draft.
Haislip, under the NBA's rookie salary scale, will receive within 20 percent of $3.87 million over three seasons.
Haislip averaged 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds last season as a junior at Tennessee. He is currently playing for the Bucks' summer league team in Boston.
"Marcus is already doing the things he needs to do to get better," general manager Ernie Grunfeld said. "He's playing hard, he's listening to the coaches, and he's learning to compete at the NBA level. We're very pleased with his progress."
Yarbrough's signing was one of three rookie contracts the Nuggets completed today.
Predrag Savovic, Lorinza Harrington and Yarbrough each signed deals, Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe announced Thursday.
Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Yarbrough, a second-round pick in the 2002 NBA draft and the 33rd selection overall, averaged 18.1 points per game as a senior at the University of Tennessee last season.
The 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward left Tennessee as the school's all-time leader in steals (211).
Greene returning to Knoxville ... to coach
Tennessee head coach Rod Delmonico announced Wednesday that former UT outfielder Clay Greene will be the volunteer assistant coach for the 2003 season. He will have responsibilities with the outfielders and coaching first base during games.
Greene, who played center field for the Vols from 1996-97, served as a part-time coach at Cleveland State Community College this last season as the Cougars finished 25-17-2.
After helping lead the Vols to back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances in 1996 and 1997, Greene spent four seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization after being drafted in the 31st round.
He has also spent the last two years coaching at the Thunder Baseball School in West Knoxville.
While at Tennessee, the fleet-footed Greene led the NCAA and set a then school record with 54 stolen bases in 1997. He finished his career with a .318 average, eight home runs and 87 stolen bases which ranks fourth all-time.
Greene also reeled off a 14-game hitting streak during his senior campaign, while swiping a Southeastern Conference-record six bases in seven attempts against Middle Tennessee.
The Cleveland, Tenn., native earned his degree in sport management from Tennessee in 2001.
Haislip, Yarbrough advance to pros as NBA draft picks
Published: Fri Aug 02, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:21 p.m.