Tennessee Freshman White Ruled Ineligible

    
November 11th, 2008

The Story: Tennessee freshman point guard Daniel West has been ruled academically ineligible for this season. He had not practiced with the team since workouts began on October 17 due to his eligibility clearance issue. Coach Bruce Pearl insisted that West had done well in summer courses and that he did not expect this problem to arise. "The frustration is he passed many checks and balances and was in summer school and did very well," Pearl said. "To get the rug pulled out from underneath you is certainly disappointing." West was expected to share time at the point this season with junior college transfer Bobby Maze and junior J.P. Prince. Prince hurt his shoulder in a fall practice and will be evaluated later this week to see if he can go in their opener against Chattanooga. Maze will start and will most likely receive the bulk of the point duties with help from Prince and junior Josh Tabb. 

 

Ryter's Block: Tennessee will be fine without West this year. They lose some depth in their backcourt but it won't be a factor. The Tennessee freshman to keep your eye on this year is Scotty Hopson, not Daniel West. With the entire year to focus on school West will bounce back next year and bring his speed and quickness that will fit right into Pearl's up-tempo offense. Playing a sport in college is a full-time job. For freshman athletes there is an adjustment period of balancing school work and their respective sport.

 

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