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Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media on Thursday afternoon to discuss a number of topics, including potential laws in regards to player likeness.

The Vols will be relying on newcomer Josiah James, as he enters his first season under Barnes. Here’s what the Tennessee head coach had to say about the talented freshman.

This Vols roster has had an influx of young players this summer and also some transfers. Barnes touched on how these younger guys have come in and performed so far and the possibility of playing early. Transfer Uros Plavsic has been waiting on the NCAA to rule on his waiver, something Barnes says he is hoping to hear about in the next three weeks.

Having Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner back this season will definitely help Barnes on the court. it’s been noted how much they’ve taken on the role as leaders, Barnes discussed this as well today.

The state of California just recently signed in a law that would allow student athletes to be compensated for their likeness and other avenues. A few more states have now started to out together and proposed the same kind of legislature.

I asked Barnes his thoughts about the new law and if he’s spoken to any other colleagues in the industry to get their opinion. Here was his answer:

The Vols will hold their “Rocky Top Tip-Off” on Friday evening at Thompson-Boling Arena, with both the men’s and women’s teams competing in intramural scrimmages, skills contests and more. The players will also sign autographs for fans in attendance.

Barnes wants the fans to get to know these players, much like how they fell in love with the team over the past few years. Barnes had this to say about the event and support of this Tennessee fanbase.

One thing is for sure. Tennessee fans have built up a relationship with this basketball program. Barnes has made it clear that he wants to make sure this group is in the community and continuing that bond. This has made Tennessee basketball so special, to so many.

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