Despite "inconsistency," Barnes sees promise in young Vols team

Rick Barnes likes having a young team on the court, but laments its inconsistency.

Tennessee Vols basketball coach Rick Barnes doesn't place too much emphasis on his starting lineup. But with a roster sporting 13 players who are either freshmen or sophomores, Barnes was hoping to have more clarity on who his most reliable guys would be by now. 

The number of young players squaring off on the court creates an interesting dynamic during practice. 

"The inconsistency," Barnes said Wednesday. "That's been the biggest thing, is trying to see who can put back-to-back days and start kind of separating themselves."

Barnes said every player has had a good day of practice so far, but he's yet to see players break away into starter roles. It's a good problem to have, Barnes said, because it could lead to a deep, talented bench.

"At this point, I'd probably tell you every guy's got a chance to start,"  Barnes said.

The Vols tip off their season Thursday, Nov. 3 when they host Slippery Rock at 7:00 p.m.


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