Chism played at Tennessee for former head coach Bruce Pearl from 2006-10. The Vols won an outright SEC championship and made a run to the Elite Eight during Chism’s time in Knoxville.
Chism has spent the last 10 years playing basketball overseas, most recently playing for a club in Beirut. His joy for basketball has remained intact as he’s gotten married (to former Tennessee volleyball player DeeDee Harrison) and become a father.
Chism told us on Sports 180 that his joy for the game of basketball goes back to his days playing the sport as a kid.
“I had this fun basketball goal. I put it up at 10:00 in the morning every time and I wouldn’t go back in until midnight because it’s all I wanted to do – was the basketball. Once the ball was bouncing, it was like my therapy. It kept my mind off a lot of things that I wanted to do. What if I wanted to go be bad? But the basketball was bouncing so that kept me out of a lot of trouble.”
Check out the entire interview with Wayne Chism, who discussed his time at Tennessee, life overseas and parenthood.