KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — After four years as a Tennessee Vol, Jorden Bowden didn't think his senior year would end so quickly.
In a press conference held on Thursday, Bowden shared his final moments leading up to the cancellation of the SEC tournament, which happened just before the Vols were set to play their first tournament game in Nashville.
"Coach Barnes came in the locker room, telling us all what was going on and telling us that it was real," said Bowden, " You know, the virus is real and we gotta take care of that and take care of ourselves."
At that moment, the Knoxville native realized he'd played his last game in orange.
"It means everything to be a part of this," said Bowden, "It's an amazing feeling, you know. I am grateful for these past four years I have had."
Bowden finished his UT career ranked 24th on Tennessee's all-time scoring list with 1,365 points. He had started every game as a senior and led the Vols in minutes played and three-pointers made.
Bowden hopes those impressive stats will lead to a career in the NBA.
"It's a childhood dream to play in the NBA and that's one thing I will consider to work towards on the team, '' said Bowden, "Hard work pays off and if I continue to do what I am doing and you know, just continue to play, I will have a big chance to take it to the next level."
Like all students on campus, Bowden is completing his semester online and adapting to changes.
"Mainly I am just taking care of my body and finishing up the year right," said Bowden.