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Future Vols, current Vols, ex-westsiders all take the court at BHS in Rocky Top League

Three westside college basketball players whose careers are headed in three different directions. A story lost among all the top University of Tennessee talent on display at Bearden High School Monday, June 18, for the inaugural Pilot Rocky Top League hoop opener.

Ben Bosse, former Farragut High School standout (Class of 2005) and a 6-foot-7 walk-on post at UT for two seasons, is transferring to NAIA King College in Bristol.

I want to play, said Bosse, a starter with the HT Group team, after a 107-102 loss to KNSM Monday. Bosse scored 14.

As for his time under UT skipper Bruce Pearl, I dont regret it at all, it was a great experience.

A pair of former Bearden High School standouts, Tony White Jr. (2006) and Alex Oliver (2002) squared off against each other Monday night.

While Whites college career is taking off after key contributions last season as a true freshman guard at College of Charleston under touted head coach Bobby Cremins, Olivers serious hoop days are over.

Im just a working man now, said Oliver, a member of the HT Group team, after his days as a starting guard at Alabama State University, where he graduated in 2006. Oliver is back in Knoxville as a process improvement analyst with Alston Power.

About the league, Oliver said, I wish we had this when I was in college. I think its a lot of fun. to play with these guys.

About playing against Oliver as a KNS guard, White said, Were familiar with each other, we play each other at the rec center all the time, adding it was their first head-to-head battle in an organized league.

Guarding each other almost half the game, White and Oliver each scored six points.


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