Pair Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon with a seven-foot boa constrictor named after a whiskey liqueur, and what do you get? Easily the most bizarre promotional video of the college basketball offseason.
Tennessee sports information director Tom Satkowiak told beat writer Brendan Quinn he sought to create a series of videos to showcase the personalities of the 2013-14 Vols and enlisted the help of some creative videographers. The first in the series is meant to showcase Maymon's toughness enduring his struggle during his year-long rehab process from a litany of knee injuries.
Interspersed throughout the first half of the video are images of Maymon rehabbing and clips of the boa constrictor named SoCo draped around his neck, all with a modified spoken-word piece from Johnny Cash playing in the background. Satkowiak borrowed the snake from a Tennessee student with two pet boa constrictors. (The other one is named Lime. Isn't college great?)
The second half of the video features images of a now-healthy Maymon bellowing and flexing in the bowels of Thomson-Boling Arena paired with highlights from before his injury. The pounding drum beat of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" blares in the background.
Odd as the video may be, Tennessee is definitely glad to have Maymon back alongside Jarnell Stokes to form one of the more formidable frontcourts in the nation. The blue-collar Maymon averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds during the 2011-12 season before missing all of last year as a result of his injuries.
(Thanks, College Basketball Talk)
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