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Rising sophomores Darius Thompson and A.J. Davis have requested their release from the Vols basketball team.

The team's twitter account, @Vol_Hoops, tweeted a quote from new coach Donnie Tyndall from Atlanta, where he was speaking at the Big Orange Caravan.

"Darius and AJ have asked for their releases to explore their options," Tyndall was quoted as saying. "We want guys that want to be here. We hope they will return."

Thompson, a 6-foot-5 point guard, played in all 37 games for Tennessee this year. Despite averaging 16.8 minutes per game.

Despite playing about half the time as regular starters, Thompson led the team in steals with 36, nine more than Josh Ricardson's 27; Thompson was just four off the team lead for assists, with 87 (Jordan McRae had 91).

Thompson's request for release was first reported by the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal.

Davis is a 6-foot-9 guard/forward. He played 25 games and started one. He is the son of former NBA All-Star Antonio Davis.

If Thompson and Davis do not return to the Vols, Tennessee will have six open scholarships for the upcoming 2014-15 season. The signing period for National Letters of Intent ends on May 21.

It would also leave the team without a true point guard.

The team's twitter account tweeted the following quote from Tyndall:

"It's very important to find a PG. We will add another guard or two. We have many options that will play out over next few weeks."

Tennessee started the day by signing 6-foot-4 shooting guard Kevin Punter from a JUCO in Missouri.

On Friday Tyndall signed forward Jabari McGhee.

Both are eligible next season.

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