Mar 20, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Darius Thompson (15) shoots the ball during practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Basketball: Vols Guard Darius Thompson Transferring To Virginia

Darius Thompson, a guard from Murfreesboro, TN, will not be returning to Tennessee for his sophomore season, according to multiple reports.

Thompson, who was recruited by Virginia before he originally signed with Tennessee, started 10 games as a freshman last season. He served primarily as the Vols’ backup point guard.

The Tennessee native led the Vols in steals (36) and was second on the team in assists (87). He averaged 2.6 points a game, according to

Thompson likely would’ve been the Vols’ starting point guard next season. Of the players on Tennessee’s roster, he was easily the most natural at the position.

Tennessee’s point guard situation is now similar to their quarterback situation — there’s no clear answer.

With Thompson’s departure, the Vols have one available scholarship heading into the summer.

Vols head coach Donnie Tyndall, according to the Times Free Press, would like to hold that scholarship unless Tennessee “could get an impact-type transfer that would sit out the year and have remaining eligibility left”. 


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