The start of the Rick Barnes era at Tennessee has suffered another casualty, as forward Willie Carmichael will now leave the program and transfer to Western Kentucky. Carmichael announced his decision on his personal Twitter page.
A 6’8″, 210 pound wing from Apopka, Florida, near Orlando, Carmichael averaged three points and 2.3 rebounds over 14.8 minutes per game his freshman season. He shot 52 percent from the field and appeared in every one of the Volunteers’ games. A recruit of former coach Donnie Tyndall, who was fired in March after it was learned he had not been honest with university officials over NCAA allegations regarding his tenure at Southern Miss, Carmichael will join a Hilltoppers squad that will have plenty of returning players in the next couple of years and has performed quite well as of late.
In four years under coach Ray Harper, Western Kentucky has gone 72-45 (40-29 Sun Belt, C-USA) and won two conference titles. The program isn’t a major one, but better for Carmichael to sit out a year and try to become a big fish in a smaller pond than to stay at Tennessee and risk losing another year of eligibility while riding Barnes’ bench.
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