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Jordan Bowden named SEC player of the week

Probably not the last time.

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Tennessee Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee is off to a hot start on the basketball court, moving to 3-0 after a win over Washington last weekend. The Volunteers hopped into the top 25 in the AP Poll, which is pretty impressive considering the fact that they lost Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bone from last year’s team.

This year, Tennessee has been powered a few guys who were third or fourth scoring options on last year’s team. It’s been Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden’s time to shine — so far they aren’t letting Rick Barnes down.

Bowden’s white hot shooting has been a big reason for the 3-0 start. Tennessee doesn’t beat Murray State last week without him knocking down 75 percent of his long-range shots. They probably don’t beat Washington either without his 15 points in the first half.

For his efforts last week, Bowden was named SEC player of the week.

We all wondered how Bowden would do in a lead role for the Vols — well, so far so good. Bowden is oozing confidence right now, which is something that we’ve never been able to say about the Knoxville native. He’s letting it fly from anywhere on the court, contested or not.

If Lamonte Turner can find his shot and Josiah James can settle in, Tennessee might just make a whole lot of noise in the SEC once again this year.