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Tennessee’s Darius Thompson to transfer to Virginia

May 21, 2014, 9:23 AM EST

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Darius Thompson is transferring from Tennessee, according to multiple media reports.

A freshman point guard for the Vols last season, the 6-foot-5 Thompson averaged 2.6 points. 2.0 boards and 2.4 assists while starting 10 games a season ago. When Cuonzo Martin was fired and Donnie Tyndall got the head coaching job, Thompson asked for his release from the program. He still was considering Tennessee but, according to Go Vols 247, called Tyndall on Tuesday night to inform him that he will not be returning to Knoxville and is headed to Virginia.

Thompson, who hails from Murfreesboro, Tn., was a top 150 recruit in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals.com.

He’ll have to sit out the 2014-2015 season, but Thompson will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015-2016. At that point, Malcolm Brogdon will have one year of eligibility left and London Perrantes will have two season left.

  1. flybirdhaters27 - May 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Cuonzo Martin was not fired, he left for Cal because UT disrespected him and the fan base petitioned to bring back Bruce Pearl. All the guy did was win his play in game and had them in the Sweet 16. However, as a UVA fan and grad, I’m ecstatic about this transfer. Tony Bennett does it again and continues to reel them in.

  2. minibull - May 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Actually, that’s not quite right. Martin was a great guy and a wonderful role model, but his teams often played down to their opponents, losing many games (especially early in the season) that they should have won. The previous two years, they played better at the end of the season, only to get blown out in the first round of the NIT. This year they again struggled at the start but played incredible at the end, going to the sweet 16. When his best player, Stokes, declared for the NBA draft, Martin knew this would be a rebuilding year and that having a bad record his fourth year could lead to him being fired, he jumped at a new job with a 5 year contract. The petition had nothing to do with it, but it makes a great news story.

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