The Tennessee Volunteers basketball team and head coach Rick Barnes sure seem to be in a world of trouble for the upcoming basketball season. Walk-on redshirt freshman point guard Braxton Bonds asked for a release from the team and it has been granted, according to 247 Sports.
This leaves first year head coach Barnes in some trouble as the team now only has one true point guard on the team — incoming freshman Lamonte’ Turner, who hasn’t even made it to campus yet as he is expected to enroll in July.
With the departure of Bonds, Turner will likely get majority of the minutes at the helm of the Vols offense.
Bonds, nephew of former MLB great Barry Bonds, was mentioned in the Level II/III violations that Tennessee voluntarily reported to the NCAA. Former coach Donnie Tyndall had allegedly contacted Bonds illegally, after he was granted a release from Liberty University.
The guard never set foot on the court for the Vols after he redshirted last season in response to the NCAA denying a waiver that would have allowed him to play immediately after leaving Liberty.
On the upside, the Vols also have walk-on shooting guard Brad Woodson from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee joining the team in July as well. It may be a long season for ole Rocky Top. Oh, where is Bruce Pearl when you need him?
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports