Vols guard Shembari Phillips to transfer

10 Sports discusses whether the departure of Vols' point guard Shembari Phillips is good or bad for the program.

For the second time this offseason, a Tennessee point guard is transferring.

Rising junior Shembari Phillips has been granted a release from his scholarship according to a press release from the UT athletic department.

Phillips thanked the basketball staff, city of Knoxville and fans in a twitter post announcing his intent to transfer.



“Shembari is a great young man, and I know this wasn’t an easy decision for him,” head coach Rick Barnes said in a press release. “We always need to do what’s best for our students. And in Shembari’s case, we’re going to do everything we can to help him find the school and program that’s the best fit for him. He’ll have plenty of options because of the kind of person and teammate he is.”

Phillips playing time increased at the end of last season as a sophomore. He averaged 32.3 minutes over the final four games, due to his defensive ability and the Vols' inconsistent guard play.

Fellow point guard Kwe Parker also intends to transfer, as was reported in March.

That would leave Tennessee with Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bone at that position.


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