Since Cuonzo Martin bolted for California and Donnie Tyndall was hired as UT’s new basketball coach, six Volunteers have either requested release or have been released from their scholarships. Four were incoming freshmen. Two were sophomores-to-be.
CJ Truman, Larry Austin Jr., Phil Cofer and Jordan Cornish, who had signed letters under Martin, were all granted releases from their letters-of-intent. The 6-foot-8 Cofer is still considering Tennessee and told the media he had a meeting with Tyndall that “actually went pretty good.”
Darius Thompson and A.J. Davis, both of whom played as true freshman last season, have asked for their releases. Thompson played in all 37 games. Davis, son of former NBA forward Antonio Davis, played in 25 games.
A seventh player, Quinton Chievous, had announced his intentions to transfer before Martin left.
Tyndall has filled two scholarships with new signees and told a booster club meeting on Tuesday that he plans to fill every scholarship for the 2014-15 season.
Kevin Punter, a junior college All-American who had originally committed to Missouri, has signed with the Vols. Punter is a shooting guard.
UT also has signed Jabari McGhee, a 6-7 forward from Hargrave Military Academy.