Best of the decade: SF

Best of the decade: SF

Determining Tennessee's five best small forwards of the decade 2000-2009 is difficult. Heck, just FINDING five guys who played small forward during the decade is tough. The reason: The Vols routinely played "Small Ball" during that time, often going with three-guard lineups.

That said, here's the best I could do:

1. Vincent Yarbrough: A four-year starter, this 6-7, 210-pound Cleveland native never quite lived up to his High School All-America billing but still proved to be a quality college player. He averaged 7.6 points per game in 1999, 14.8 in 2000, 13.9 in '01 and 18.1 as a senior in '02. He started 125 of 127 games on The Hill, posting career averages of 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 30.4 minutes per game. Yarbrough shot 44.0 percent from the field, 34.0 percent on 526 tries from 3 and 68.7 percent from the free-throw line. He excelled at taking the ball to the hoop but seemed to prefer launching from behind the arc. Yarbrough blocked 131 career shots and was a second-round pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.

2. Dane Bradshaw: He probably warrants a category of his own, since the unique position he played at UT was designed specifically for him. Bradshaw often was listed as a power forward but, given his size (6-4, 205) and how much time he spent on the perimeter (a lot), I'm going to list him as a small forward. He started five games as a freshman and eight as a sophomore, then blossomed under Bruce Pearl, starting all 65 games he suited up for his last two seasons. Bradshaw averaged 3.4 points per game as a freshman, 3.0 as a sophomore, 7.1 as a junior and 5.5 as a senior in 2007. A brilliant passer, the Memphis product recorded 386 career assists, leading the team with 165 in '07. His career averages include 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 22.1 minutes per game. He played in 124 games on The Hill, starting 78. Bradshaw shot a modest 34.0 percent from the field, 34.4 percent on 96 tries from 3 and 61.2 percent from the foul line but his hustle, savvy and versatility earned him selection to Tennessee's "All-Century Team" in 2008.

3. J.P. Prince: This 6-7, 205-pound transfer from Arizona averaged 8.0 points per game as a sophomore reserve, 9.9 as a junior starter and 9.9 as a senior starter. A high school teammate of Bradshaw's at Memphis White Station, Prince's career stats include 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 23.7 minutes per game. He shot 53.6 percent from the field but just 22.5 percent on 71 attempts from 3 and 60.4 percent from the foul line. A superior penetrator and distributor, Prince started 56 of the 95 games he played at UT, posting 259 career assists. If he'd developed a more reliable 3-point stroke, he could've been something really special.

4. Cameron Tatum: Stuck behind Scotty Hopson and Prince in 2009 and '10, this 6-6, 200-pounder has started just 10 of 70 career games to date but projects to start full-time as a junior. He scored 5.0 points per game before suffering a season-ending injury seven games into his freshman season. Granted a medical redshirt, he came back to average 7.6 points as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and 7.4 points in 2010. Tatum's career numbers show 7.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 17.0 minutes per game. Adept at both the drive and the jump shot, he is shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 34.6 percent on 214 attempts from 3 and 61.8 percent from the free-throw line.

5. Stanley Asumnu: After playing mostly a backup role his first 3 1/2 seasons at Tennessee, this 6-5, 215-pounder won a first-team job the last half of his senior year. A better athlete than basketball player, he scored 2.9 points per game as a freshman, 5.2 as a sophomore, 2.4 as a junior and 8.0 as a senior. His career marks include 4.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 14.4 minutes per game. Starting 33 of 113 college games, he shot 44.2 percent from the field, 18.2 percent on 44 attempts from 3 and 49.1 percent from the foul line.

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