His role with the Tennessee basketball team this season will only be as a member of the scout team. Donning a blue jersey with the number 23 taped on the back in practices, Jeronne Maymon is getting acclimated to the Tennessee basketball program and life in Knoxville after transferring from Marquette University in December.
The 6-6, 240-pound forward from Madison, Wis., enrolled in school on Jan. 15 and will be eligible to play for the Volunteers as a sophomore after the 2010 fall semester ends in December. The NCAA requires a student-athlete transfer to sit out one full academic calendar year before becoming eligible to compete in athletics.
Head coach Bruce Pearl is thrilled to have a player of Maymon’s caliber on the team and can’t wait for the transfer to be eligible to play.
“We’re very excited to have Jeronne join our program,” Pearl said. “He is a very productive forward who can score inside and out. He’ll bring toughness and another level of physicality to our team.”
Maymon was very complimentary of Pearl and the relationship he has built with the Vols’ head coach.
“When I first came down and visited with coach Pearl, he seemed really genuine and convinced me that I could make this my new home,” Maymon said. “He talked to me about how this was more than just a basketball decision, and his words really appealed to me.”
After receiving a scholarship offer from UT during his senior season of high school, Maymon chose to transfer to the Vols over Central Florida, Cleveland State, Kansas State and Nevada.
In high school, Maymon was a two-time Wisconsin basketball state player of the year. During his senior season, he led Madison Memorial High School to a 26-1 record, winning the WIAA Division I State Championship while averaging 21 points and 11.7 rebounds a game. For his efforts, Maymon was rated as the 46th player in the country by Rivals.com and 74th player by scout.com in their 2009 high school basketball rankings.
Maymon began the 2009-2010 season with the Golden Eagles and appeared in nine games, playing 16.3 minutes a game. He averaged 4 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest, shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from the free-throw line. He decided to transfer from Marquette because he didn’t feel his style of play was a fit in Marquette’s system.
Maymon is anxiously awaiting the time next season when he will trade in his blue practice jersey for an orange and white one. That jersey will have his name and number sewn on the back.
“I’m going to bring a whole new level of toughness to this team,” Maymon said. “I’m energetic, and I just want to be the best team player I can be. I’m going to listen to all the advice I get from the coaches and players and do everything I can to improve.”