Vols bring in juco guard Maze
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Junior college point guard Bobby Maze has signed a letter of intent to play at Tennessee.
Tennessee was looking for immediate help at the point guard position after announcing May 2 that point guard Ramar Smith would not return to play for the Vols.
The team’s only other point guard with significant playing experience, Jordan Howell, is graduating.
“They’ve called me ’the solution’ here, so you do the equation: What better place could I be,” Maze told The Knoxville News Sentinel.
Maze transferred from Oklahoma last year to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, where he averaged 20.7 points, 6.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior college All-American also led his team with 55 steals.
Maze said he has some classwork to complete to gain full eligibility.
He visited Cincinnati last weekend and was scheduled to visit Kentucky this weekend, but said the support for Tennessee basketball as well as a working relationship between his community college coach and Vols assistant Steve Forbes helped make up his mind.
“The plane landed and I breathed in that Knoxville air,” Maze said. “You see those seats in the arena and how high they go up, and all the sellout crowds, the Jumbotron screens everywhere, the practice facility. You have every tool here to be successful.”
Maze said he plans to enroll in the first term of summer classes at Tennessee and play in the Pilot Rocky Top summer basketball league with other Vols players.
“There’s no need for me to go visit Kentucky,” he said. “There’s not a better situation than this.”
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, www.knoxnews.com