Josh Richardson now leader of UT Vols basketball

photo Tennessee's Josh Richardson passes the ball during practice for their NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game in this March photo from Indianapolis.

KNOXVILLE - Josh Richardson doesn't really remember exactly where he was or what he was doing when he found out Cuonzo Martin was leaving his post as Tennessee's basketball coach to take the same job at California.

Either that, or the Volunteers' rising senior simply isn't willing to share.

There is a long list of changes Tennessee's basketball program has undergone in the past two months, but Richardson's role and importance really isn't one of them.

From the moment All-SEC forward Jarnell Stokes put his name in the NBA draft back in April, the 2014-15 Vols were going to be Richardson's team, whether it was Martin or new coach Donnie Tyndall running the show.