John Fulkerson Sets Tennessee Basketball Milestone

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    It became official the moment that tip-off happened between Tennessee and Ole Miss on Wednesday night. Tennessee super-senior forward John Fulkerson broke a U.T. record during Wednesday’s contest in Knoxville just by taking the floor.

    Fulkerson broke the Tennessee Basketball all-time record for most games with No. 143 after taking on Ole Miss. The original record was held by former Tennessee forward Wayne Chism at 142 when he was with Tennessee from 2006 to 2010.

    Tennessee’s top-four in most games played all are from a fairly modern era. Fulkerson is at the top spot with 143, and behind him is Chism at 142 games played. The third spot is held by former Tennessee guard Cameron Tatum at 138 and then Josh Richardson at 136. However, with Fulkerson’s sixth year on the table thanks to the COVID super-senior year, the forward from Kingsport should be able to extend his lead by a considerable amount by the time his Volunteer career is over.

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    The 2021 season is Fulkerson’s sixth year on the Tennessee roster. Fulkerson played 11 games in the 2016 season, 30 in 2017, 36 in 2018, 31 in 2019, and 25 in 2020. Additionally, Fulkerson has played in 10 games this season as well.

    Fulkerson’s best season, from a scoring perspective, came in the 2019/2020 campaign when he averaged 13.7 points per game.

    Just last week, John Fulkerson was named as the SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 27 after a tremendous game against No. 6 Arizona just days before. Additionally, Fulkerson was named the Lute Olsen National Player of the Week on the same day.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.