Tennessee Star player Zakai Zeigler retires after medical disqualification as he was tasted positive for..

From an early age, my mom would never let me use anything as an excuse,” Zeigler said during a phone interview Saturday. “She always told me to keep a chip on my shoulder, and that’s something that has driven me through whatever I’ve faced.”


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A three-time selection to the SEC’s all-defensive team and the league’s defensive player of the year this past season, Zeigler has also scored more than 1,000 career points, and this year he was named by league coaches to the All-SEC first team and made the All-Midwest Region team during the Volunteers’ deep run in the NCAA tournament.

There are times in my life that I just need to be around him,” Ford said of Barnes. “And that has nothing to do with basketball.”


So Ford took three days away from his wife, three kids and basketball academy in Houston and spent them in Knoxville. The December 2022 trip did have something to do with basketball — two guys talking about life whose lives revolve around basketball are going to talk some basketball — and Ford had a fine time hanging around Barnes’ Tennessee Volunteers team. One Vol in particular made an impression, the one