Transferring from a college basketball program can be a risky move, but for some Tennessee Basketball players, it’s led to NBA stardom and international success.
When it comes to college basketball, it’s not uncommon for players to transfer to different schools for various reasons. This is also true for the Tennessee Vols basketball team, which has seen its fair share of players transfer away from the program over the years.
Tennessee Basketball Notable Transfers
- Derrick Walker:
Walker transferred from Tennessee to Nebraska in 2019. He played in 28 games for the Cornhuskers in the 2019-2020 season, averaging 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game
- Detrick Mostella:
Mostella transferred from Tennessee to Jacksonville State in 2017. He played two seasons for the Gamecocks and was named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2018. He finished his college career averaging 11.9 points per game.
- Robert Hubbs III:
Hubbs transferred from Tennessee to St. John’s in 2018. He played in 23 games for the Red Storm in the 2018-2019 season, averaging 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
- Darius Thompson:
Thompson transferred from Tennessee to Virginia in 2014. He played two seasons for the Cavaliers and was a key contributor on the team that won the ACC regular season and tournament titles in 2015. He finished his college career averaging 6.2 points and 2.2 assists per game.
- Jabari McGhee:
McGhee transferred from Tennessee to Western Kentucky in 2017. He played two seasons for the Hilltoppers and was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team in 2019. He finished his college career averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
- Ray Kasongo:
Kasongo transferred from Tennessee to Creighton in 2017. He played in 22 games for the Bluejays in the 2017-2018 season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
- Tariq Owens:
Owens transferred from Tennessee to St. John’s in 2016. He played two seasons for the Red Storm and was named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2019. He finished his college career averaging 7.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.
- Jaqawn Raymond:
Raymond transferred from Tennessee to Middle Tennessee State in 2014. He played two seasons for the Blue Raiders and was named to the All-Conference USA Third Team in 2016. He finished his college career averaging 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
- Jonny Williams:
Williams transferred from Tennessee to Furman in 2018. He played one season for the Paladins and was named to the All-Southern Conference Second Team in 2019. He finished his college career averaging 13.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
It’s clear that transferring can have a big impact on a player’s career path. While some players are able to find success at their new schools, others may struggle to adjust to a new environment and system. Nonetheless, these former Tennessee Volunteers basketball players who transferred have shown that they have the talent to play at a high level and continue their careers beyond their time at Tennessee.
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