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Bosse a Vol hoopster
FHS grad looking to solidify UT basketball roster spot as rookie

Coming out of high school, Ben Bosse had a difficult choice to make.

The 2005 Farragut High School graduate and Admiral standout post had to make a decision on whether or not to continue his basketball career at a small school or attend the University of Tennessee strictly as a student and not play college basketball.

After deciding to attend UT knowing that his basketball career was most likely over, Bosse's love for the game never ceased.

"There was an opportunity playing at some smaller schools but I passed," said Bosse, who has earned a spot on the Volsí roster as a non-scholarship walk-on. "You always think twice about what could have been and what if but I'm happy with the way things have worked out."

When it was made public that new UT men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl was looking for walk-ons, especially post players, the 6-foot-7 Bosse was all ears.

With encouragement from his friends and family, the college freshman worked hard to get ready for the tryouts and made the most of his opportunity.

"I just want to play ball thatís really all it is," Bosse said "When I kind of gave it up after high school I was like this is over but now I have an opportunity to keep playing and it's just still fun to me so I will be playing as long as I still [can]."

At the tryouts, Bosse kept it simple and did the only thing he knew how to do, just play basketball. "I was just playing, that was really the only thing I could do," Bosse said on his tryout experience.

After impressing the coaches and making the team, the rest of the players welcomed the walk-ons.

"They treat me well," Bosse said. "None of the kids have given me a hard time or anything, there were four of us that made it and they just kind of opened arms and took us in."

In the Volsí first game of the season, an exhibition against Division II Southern Indiana, Bosse was given a chance to play.

He played two minutes much to his surprise.

"I had no idea it was coming, just kind of shocked and I got out there and was just really happy," Bosse said. "You get out there and I have never played in front of that many people before and you just think 'wow, this is the real deal."

In the Volsí second exhibition game against Carson-Newman, Bosse played two minutes again but this time he recorded a block as UT improved to 2-0 in the preseason.

Aside from the high level of play in college basketball, playing for Pearl is a new experience in itself for Bosse.

"He is a great coach, I have really never had a coach like this and he definitely knows what he is doing," Bosse said. "He is an in your face guy and he has a way of getting things done."

Bosse hopes to continue and make the most of his opportunities, but at this point he is just glad to be playing basketball again. "Right now I'm just kind of going day by day really," he said. "I'm going to practice and working hard."


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