Former Vol Marcus Haislip is showing the Milwaukee Bucks why he was their first round draft pick.
After scoring 24 points combined in Milwaukee's first two games, Haislip, the 13th pick of the first round, scored 24 points to lead Milwaukee to a 92-73 victory over the Orlando Magic Thursday.
Haislip connected on 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point distance against the Magic, including a strong second quarter in which he scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting. Haislip's spurt help the Bucks pull away from a 24-24 game after one period to a commanding 49-37 half-time advantage.
Haislip, the Vols' first NBA Draft Lottery (first thirteen) pick since Allan Houston also grabbed six rebounds and a recorded an assist and a blocked shot in 30 minutes of action.
The Lewisburg (Marshall County) native scored 15 points in his summer debut in a 93-75 loss to Miami on July 7 and scored nine points in a 69-67 loss to Detroit on July 10.
Haislip, a 6-10 power forward prospect, decided in the spring to bypass his senior year at Tennessee following a season that saw him earn second-team All-SEC honors.
After averaging just 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds as a sophomore in 2001, Haislip blossomed as a junior, averaging 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.
The Orlando Summer Professional League is one of six summer pro leagues and runs from July 9-13. Six clubs are participating in the Orlando league - Detroit, Indiana, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando and Milwaukee.
Football team hosts disabled children's camp
For the eighth straight year, the University of Tennessee Athletics Department hosted the final day of the Amputees Coming Together Disabled Children's Camp July 14.
Kids and their parents were treated to lunch with Vol football players in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center. They then toured the football facility along with the Neyland Stadium/Shields-Watkins Field and the Vol dressing room. Approximately 40-45 people attended, including about two dozen campers, ages 8-16. All participants had lost limbs.
Seven UT players - Jason Allen, Ovince St. Preaux, Kevin Simon, C.J. Fayton, Jomo Fagan, Montrell Jones and Wesley Holmes - were on hand and spent several hours with the youngsters.
"This is a highlight of their week with us," Missy Wolfe-Burke, camp director, said. "They get inspired by the athletes, and I think the athletes get inspired by the kids.
"For many of these campers, this is the first time they have been around others their age who don't have limbs for whatever reason - a birth defect, accident or other reason. They might have thought their life was a disaster. When they see counselors, adults and other young people who have lost limbs, they see people who have girlfriends, boyfriends, nurses and doctors and it gives them role models."
For Simon, a Vol linebacker nursing a knee injury from a year or two back, it was a time for renewed perspective.
"I had knee surgery and was having a difficult time dealing with that," he said. "I started thinking I was cursed. Then I look at these guys out here, and they all have smiles on their faces. It makes me realize I am truly blessed."