Vols Seem To Have Found A True Leader In Bobby Maze

Patrick MacCoonContributor IJanuary 14, 2010

Just two weeks ago the Tennessee Vols basketball team looked to be headed in the wrong direction as the bad news came out New Years day that 4 Volunteers had just been arrested.  The worst thing about it was they were all key impact players on the team, with three of them being starters.  Not to mention the team leader Tyler Smith.  Well that's about enough talking about those players now.  Instead lets talk about who has stepped up in the place of those 4 players. 

The first challenge for the Vols was Charlotte.  The Vols handled them with ease 88 to 71 but they now had to face the top ranked Kansas Jayhawks a few days later.  This was the game where the Vols were really going to learn what they were made of, as they entered the game with only 6 scholarship players on the active roster. 

The game clock expired with the Volunteers 76 and the Kansas Jayhawks 68.  The Volunteers had shocked the nation.  It was a game where the Volunteers showed incredible teamwork.  The thing that stuck out to me the most in this game though was the leadership of a certain Volunteer.  That certain Volunteer just happens to be senior point guard Bobby Maze. 

Maze stepped up huge in the Kansas game as he scored 16 points with 7 rebounds and 8 assists.  Not to mention he only turned the ball over twice and played phenomenal defense.  If you watched that game, it was easy to see that Maze carried his team down the stretch.  I'm not saying that the other Volunteers didn't play well, he just stood out the most. 

When you think about it for a second, when was the last time the Vols had a true point guard?  The only one that comes to my mind in the recent past is C.J. Watson from the 2007-2008 season. 

Maze had a great game, but he needed to come out with another strong showing in the their SEC opener against the Auburn Tigers. At halftime of this game though he wasn't showing up to well as he had only scored 2 points and had a few assists, and the Vols were clinging to a 38 to 37 lead.  Bobby Maze came out ready to play in the second half though, as he finished the game with 14 points and 9 assists.  Once again he helped lead the Volunteers to a very impressive win. 

You better keep track of this kid he is the real deal. Take this into consideration.  The first three games he has started in since the suspensions and release of Tyler Smith, Maze has averaged 14.3 ppg, 4.6 rebounds, and an amazing 6.6 assists.  By far he has stepped up the most out of any Volunteer player.  Even better though Maze and the Volunteers are playing like a family, they all have each others backs.  So Kentucky, Florida, and all you other SEC teams you better beware of Bobby Maze and the red hot Volunteers.