Senior forward Renaldo Woolridge has been granted a medical hardship by the NCAA and plans to transfer to another school to play next season, according to Tennessee men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin.
“Renaldo is a quality young man and I wish him the best,’’ Martin said Tuesday. “He was able to get a waiver and he plans to transfer after he graduates. I don’t know where he is headed, but we all wish him well.’’
Woolridge first discussed plans to appeal for the waiver last season after playing in only eight games during his injury-plagued junior year. Woolridge’s waiver request cited the injured ankle he suffered in a fall in Thompson-Boling Arena prior to a January 2011 practice.
Woolridge will best be remembered at UT for hitting four 3-pointers and pulling down eight rebounds in the Vols’ 76-68 win over then-No. 1 Kansas on Jan. 10, 2010. Woolridge also drained five 3-pointers in a loss at No. 1 Kentucky this season, equaling his career high of 17 points.
Off the floor, Woolridge became a fan favorite via his “Swiperboy” rap artist image. Woolridge produced and wrote several songs and videos, many promoting UT athletics including songs about former Vols’ football star Eric Berry and current UT football coach Derek Dooley.
Woolridge, who needs to pass six more hours to graduate, didn’t play in Tennessee’s season-ending 71-64 loss to Middle Tennessee State in the second round of the NIT on Monday night.
Wooldridge will be able to play at any school without having to sit out one season as long as he graduates.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Sherman Oaks, Calif., appeared in 25 games this past season and started four. Woolridge averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32