Santiago Vescovi changed diet to improve for Tennessee basketball

Santiago Vescovi recited his perfect Cook Out order with a smile and without hesitation in late October.

The Tennessee basketball guard builds a tray around a big double burger with lettuce, tomato and mayo. He picks a bacon ranch wrap and white cheddar cheese bites as his sides. A banana pudding milkshake completes his guilty pleasure.

It’s an order Vescovi honed through his first two years in Knoxville, when he ate at the regional fast food joint regularly. 

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Vescovi hasn’t placed that order in at least six months, part of an offseason overhaul of his habits.

“The biggest thing was probably my mindset toward eating healthy,” Vescovi said. “That had a big impact on my whole body and the whole way I play right now.”

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