Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin knows there's plenty of talent in the Southeastern Conference, especially with the top team in the nation around.
He'll take Volunteers forward Jeronne Maymon against any of them.
''When you're talking about SEC players and the way they compete and bring their hard hat every day, I'd put him up against anybody,'' Martin said. ''He brings it every day and he never takes days off. The thing about him is the way he plays, how hard he plays, to not take days off and to do pretty much everything on the floor for you.
''He's invaluable for our program.''
Without Maymon, Tennessee (16-13, 8-6) wouldn't be tied for fourth place in the SEC with just a Wednesday trip to LSU (17-11, 7-7) and a Saturday meeting with Vanderbilt left to the season, Martin said. His hard work day in and day out has turned him into Tennessee's most consistent player and a team leader both on and off the court.
The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Madison, Wis., native grabbed attention at the ...