Two UT basketball players request releases

Two UT basketball players request releases

6 Sports Director

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The math isn't working out so well for Tennessee basketball.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall signed junior college point guard Kevin Punter on Monday and then confirmed that two current players have asked for their release from the Tennessee basketball program.

"Darius (Thompson) and A.J. (Davis) have asked for their releases to explore their options," Tyndall said at a Big Orange Caravan stop in Atlanta. "As I have said with the other young men that decided not to attend Tennessee, we obviously want guys that want to be here."

"I don't think in either case, at least what they're telling me, that either guy has made their mind up to not come back," Tyndall said in comments reported by "The door has been left open. We certainly hope that they'll come back."

Tyndall was hired on April 22. 

In less than a week, four freshman players, all signed by former coach Cuonzo Martin, requested and were granted releases to leave Tennessee.

Last week Tyndall told WATE 6 Sports that he was hopeful the seven returning players on the Tennessee roster would remain with the team-- but he cautioned that there were no guarantees.

Thompson played in all 37 games as a freshman point guard and started ten. He averaged just over two points and two assists while playing 16.8 minutes per game.

Davis played in 25 games and started one. He averaged 9.6 minutes per game.

In addition to signing Punter on Monday, Tyndall signed freshman forward Jabari McGhee last week.

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