KNOXVILLE – Tennessee now has its 13-man basketball roster for 2013-14.
Point guard Travon Landry has been released from his Letter of Intent (LOI) to Tennessee and will not enroll at UT this summer, a team spokesman confirmed to Nooga.com on Saturday afternoon. After being overbooked on scholarships for the past few weeks, the Vols are now back to the NCAA limit of 13.
Landry was UT’s longest-tenured commitment for this class after originally pledging to coach Cuonzo Martin in December of 2011.
After playing in Alabama his first three years in high school, Landry transferred to prestigious Huntington (W.V.) Prep, where he played with multiple top-flight recruits, including Andrew Wiggins, the top-ranked player in the class of 2013.
Landry’s numbers were unimpressive. He averaged 2.8 points, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.1 rebounds per contest last season, but his coach, Rob Fulford, had an explanation for his lower scoring total.
“He is not a big-time scorer, but didn’t need to be at Huntington Prep,” Fulford told Nooga.com in late March. “If he is asked to do more for his college team than his high school team, then PG isn’t UT’s main problem. Travon will be a very good PG and player in whatever conference he is in.
“He played at the highest level of high school with and against pros all year. The transition for him will be easier than kids that played at local schools and dominated playing against lesser competition.”
That transition to college basketball will now happen somewhere else. The Las Cruces (N.M) Sun-News reported that Landry visited New Mexico State this past week, but no final destination for Landry has been confirmed.
Tennessee got in a numbers bind when forward Jarnell Stokes and guard Jordan McRae both opted to return to school instead of declaring for the NBA Draft early.
The Vols signed point guard Darius Thompson of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and junor college forward Rawane Ndiaye in the late signing period. They joined forward A.J. Davis, guard Robert Hubbs and Landry as the five signees for the class of 2013.
Skylar McBee, Kenny Hall and Dwight Miller all graduated and rising junior center Yemi Makanjuola transferred this offseason, leaving the Vols overbooked by one on scholarships.
Landry’s departure opens the door for Thompson to compete for the backup point guard role behind Trae Golden and makes him the most likely heir to the position when Golden departs after 2013-14.
Daniel Lewis covers University of Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter@DanielNooga