Point guard Cory Stanton is transferring from Lipscomb to Tennessee and is expected to join the Vols as a walk-on this season, a source in the UT men's basketball department confirmed on Sunday.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he could not speak publicly about the matter, which was first reported by Govols247.com.
Stanton is not officially on the team yet, and he won't be able to practice until he has been admitted into school. However, no complications with his eligibility or transcript are anticipated.
Stanton, a 2010 graduate of Springfield High School, some 30 minutes north of Nashville, started his career at Clemson and played in 33 games for the Tigers last season.
Stanton transferred to Lipscomb last July with three years of eligibility remaining. By NCAA rule, he is sitting out this season.
The 5-foot-11 Stanton averaged 2.4 points and 10.7 minutes per game last season at Clemson. Stanton scored a career-high nine points in the 20 minutes he played for the Tigers against Michigan last season, and he also scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in a game against North Carolina.
Stanton was rated as the No. 7 player in Tennessee by Tennessee Prep Hoops coming out of Springfield High School, where he averaged 23.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists as a senior.
The Vols have two point guards on their roster, sophomore Trae Golden and freshman Wes Washpun. Fresh
man Josh Richardson can also play point guard, but he has done so sparingly this season and currently starts at shooting guard.
UT has a verbal commitment from Class of 2013 point guard Travon Landry of Bob Jones High School near of Huntsville, Ala.
The Vols have used their allotment of scholarships in the Class of 2012.
The incoming signing class includes Florida junior college shooting guard D'Montre Edwards (6-6, 210, Brevard Community College), wing Derek Reese (6-7½, 205, Olympia High School, Orlando, Fla.) and mid-term signee power forward Jarnell Stokes (6-8, 255, Memphis Southwind High School).
Stokes graduated from high school in December and will begin practicing with the Vols today. Once the SEC signs off on Stokes' high school transcript — it has already been approved by the NCAA Eligibility Center — he will be able to play in games.
Tennessee (8-7, 1-0 SEC) plays at Mississippi State (13-3, 0-1) on Thursday night (TV: ESPN2, 9 p.m.).