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Ex-Ad Bosse still an ‘humble’ Vol

Now a sophomore on The University of Tennessee men’s basketball team, 6-foot-7 walk-on post Ben Bosse doesn’t stick around in anticipation of abundant playing time. Unlike his status as a standout post player at Farragut High School (Class of 2005) who was heavily relied upon by FHS head coach Donald Dodgen, “It’s humbling, playing the role that I do,” Bosse said. That role, which amounts to scout team duties, helps prepare the Chris Loftons and Wayne Chisms for battle in the Southeastern Conference and against some of the best non-conference competition in the nation.

“Your contributions are different. It’s a different type situation.”

Though his playing time is limited to blowout situations, as it was last season, Bosse said being a UT Vol and interacting with the players make his effort worthwhile. “All of the guys, being around them, it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I really enjoy it.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

And speaking of fun, “The New York trip was a great experience, even though we didn’t win it was a lot of fun,” Bosse said of his first visit to the Big Apple for the NIT “final four” tourney in November.

“It was a great experience to be in that city during Thanksgiving, the Macy’s Day Parade and all that. We could see it from our hotel because we were right in Times Square.”

Nevertheless, Bosse has traveled with the varsity and dressed for every game except two — last season’s win in Lexington against Kentucky and the Jan. 17 loss at Auburn.

“I had a real tough course load that I needed to get caught up on,” said Bosse, a business major, about missing last week’s trip to AU.

Saying he’s much stronger than last season, the lanky-built 197-pound Bosse has appeared in a handful of regular season games near the end.

“I think Ben has fit in real well at U-T, I think it’s a good situation for him,” Dodgen said. “Coach [Bruce] Pearl has high praise for him.

“I’ve always said our kids probably graduate a little too early down here. Ben needed probably one more year of high school basketball. But I’m very proud of him and know there’s good things ahead for him.”

With so many freshmen on the 2006-07 team, “It’s a different identity than last year’s team, we don’t have the same [players], the C-J Watsons or the guys that were leading the team,” Bosse said. “We don’t have the senior leadership that we had, yet.”

The former Admiral standout added that practices “seem like” more of a teaching experience than last season, and the resulting adjustments “are taking a while to get used to. [The freshmen] are still getting into the flow of things, I guess.”

Bosse, 20, said he and his Vol teammates have been able to put behind them three consecutive last-second defeats before beating South Carolina Saturday, Jan. 20. “You just try to keep looking forward,” he said.

Bosse’s goal by the time he graduates? “I just want to never look back and have any regrets about any of it,” he said.


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