Three things we can take from basketball Vols' big win over Alabama State on Wednesday

AP photo by Wade Payne / Alabama State guard Tobi Ewuosho dribbles while guarded by Tennessee's Yves Pons during Wednesday night's game in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee men's basketball team improved to 4-0 with a 76-41 victory over winless Alabama State on Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Here are three second-day observations from the game:

1. James shines: Already it's easy to see how important freshman Jordan-Josiah James will be to the Volunteers this season, especially now that he may have to be used as an interior option on defense after Tennessee announced sophomore forward Zach Kent has stepped away from the program indefinitely. James never will be mistaken for a pure shooter, but as the season goes on and he gets more comfortable in rhythm, he will become serviceable because he's a hard worker and he's willing to take shots. Even now, though, the 6-foot-6, 208-pound guard affects the game in so many ways, with the Vols 34 points better during his 31 minutes of playing time against the Hornets, the best plus-minus rating for a Tennessee player Wednesday.