Freshman point guard Daniel West has
been determined academically ineligible to play for No. 14
Tennessee this season, coach Bruce Pearl announced Monday.
He had not practiced with the Vols since team workouts began
Oct. 17 because of the eligibility clearance issue.
"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."
Pearl said that he didn't originally expect West to have an
academic issue and that the freshman had done well during summer
school courses. He declined to speak more about the specific issue
because of privacy concerns.
West, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound native of Saginaw, Mich., was
expected to share time at the point with junior college transfer
Bobby Maze and junior guard J.P. Prince.
Former starting point guard, Ramar Smith, was dismissed from the
team at the end of last season.
Maze now will start and likely see significant playing time with
some help from Prince and junior Josh Tabb. The Vols also have a
walk-on point guard, Michael Hubert.
Prince was sidelined when he injured his right shoulder during a
fall in practice on Oct. 28 and was expected to have a three- to
five-week recovery period. Pearl said the team would evaluate late
this week whether Prince could play Saturday when Tennessee opens
the season against Chattanooga.
Maze, a junior, said he was disappointed that West wouldn't be
playing but didn't feel it changed anything about his own game.
"I always expected to start and get a lot of playing time since
I've only got two years to play," Maze said.