Former Tennessee signee Travon Landry signs with New Mexico State

The landing spot sits about 1,500 miles away.

Travon Landry, the former Tennessee men’s basketball signee, has officially been added to New Mexico State’s 2013-14 signing class, the school announced Monday.

Landry visited the Las Cruces, N.M., campus on Saturday, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News, the same day UT coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Landry was no longer bound to a National Letter of Intent with Tennessee.

The Huntington (W.Va.) Prep point guard had committed to UT in December 2011 and signed his NLI with the Vols in November 2012.

Landry averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 assists per game and went 2-for-29 on 3-point attempts this season for a Huntington team that finished 30-3 and was ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Super 25.

“Travon is a tenacious defender and competitor,” New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies said in a New Mexico State release. “Playing on one of the top high school teams in the United States last year, Travon brings a winning resume and attitude to the program. Increasing competition in practice is a must when developing a top-tier Division I men’s basketball program, and we’re optimistic that with this year’s additions the atmosphere of practice will be at a very high level.”

Martin has declined further comment since confirming Landy’s release on Saturday.

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GerryOP writes:

I'm glad Landry landed on his feet at NMS. Go forth and do well Travon. And thanks for considering being a Vol.

Ironcity writes:

I wish this kid well. I hate that he had to go 3000 miles to find a decent opportunity after we messed him over.

FWBVol writes:

in response to Ironcity:

I wish this kid well. I hate that he had to go 3000 miles to find a decent opportunity after we messed him over.

First of all, it's not 3,000 miles, maybe 1,5000. Second, read what the story says, the athlete has to request the release. Granted, Martin probably told the kid he'd be buried on the bench, but if Landry had pushed the issue Tennessee would have been required to honor his scholarship for one year.

Finally, nothing against New Mexico State, but if the kid was that strong of a recruit it seems as if someone in a better conference would have offered him a scholly.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Good for Travon. New Mexico St. is a good program.

Original_Witch_Doctor writes:

WD says he just wasn't meant to play for VOLS. His stats are not what an SEC team needs. WD likes the way this VOL team has shaped up!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Original_Witch_Doctor:

WD says he just wasn't meant to play for VOLS. His stats are not what an SEC team needs. WD likes the way this VOL team has shaped up!

Witch Doctor say you think you are the first to try this? good luck with this. lol
Bones never lie.

bUTch_please writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say you think you are the first to try this? good luck with this. lol
Bones never lie.

Funniest thing I've seen all month.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

Funniest thing I've seen all month.

W Witch Doctor say about two weeks(at the most) they run out of steam.Witch Doctor have to grow BIG garden of Magic herb to keep it fresh!.lol.
Bones never lie.

RoadTrip writes:

Glad for the young man to have an opportunity. Also glad it isn't at UT. It was the strangest scholly offer I have seen in quite some time and should have been pulled over a year ago. Poor recruiting job by Zo and staff when he first came here. I don't think they were prepared for the type of players they would need to recruit to succeed in the SEC initially. Hopefully they are now.

Ironcity writes:

in response to FWBVol:

First of all, it's not 3,000 miles, maybe 1,5000. Second, read what the story says, the athlete has to request the release. Granted, Martin probably told the kid he'd be buried on the bench, but if Landry had pushed the issue Tennessee would have been required to honor his scholarship for one year.

Finally, nothing against New Mexico State, but if the kid was that strong of a recruit it seems as if someone in a better conference would have offered him a scholly.

Vandy offered as well as a number of other Major D1 schools. Most schools no longer have openings for a PG. The reality is UT didn't do this kid any favors. We can all chalk it up to the big business of college sports but it still doesn't make it right.

Original_Witch_Doctor writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say you think you are the first to try this? good luck with this. lol
Bones never lie.

WD doesn't know what you mean...

bUTch_please writes:

in response to Original_Witch_Doctor:

WD doesn't know what you mean...

B!t(h please. We get it. You enjoy taking abuse from more experienced men...and it is the slow season...but...don't make us watch.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Original_Witch_Doctor:

WD doesn't know what you mean...

Witch Doctor would never say "doesn't" .....

*Witch Doctor not know what you mean" would be the proper third person reply. Witch Doctor again say good luck with this but you already flubbing it up. lol
Bones never lie.

LSG410EC83 writes:

in response to bUTch_please:

B!t(h please. We get it. You enjoy taking abuse from more experienced men...and it is the slow season...but...don't make us watch.

Think it will amusing to see the Doc school whoever this is. Go get him Witchy. Now to sit back and laugh at what may follow.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to LSG410EC83:

Think it will amusing to see the Doc school whoever this is. Go get him Witchy. Now to sit back and laugh at what may follow.

Witch Doctor say give a zombie a fish he eat it. Witch Doctor say teach a zombie to fish..well that not work out too good. Witch Doctor say its someone from KNS or Gannett...it always is! lol
Bones never lie.

bigsteve92 writes:

Some Of You Need To Learn Its A Business. Its Not Just Fun. If You Dont Perform At Work Chances Are You Get Replaced. Second New Mexico St Is A Good Team. So He Is Going To A Great Team Where He Will Get To PlAy Way More Thsn He Was here

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Wouldn't be surprised if CCM had made some calls to NMS to see if they would take Landry. It will never be disclosed, but finding the kid a scholly so he can get an education and still play is what's important.

lm5449#205749 writes:

in response to bigsteve92:

Some Of You Need To Learn Its A Business. Its Not Just Fun. If You Dont Perform At Work Chances Are You Get Replaced. Second New Mexico St Is A Good Team. So He Is Going To A Great Team Where He Will Get To PlAy Way More Thsn He Was here

What sad this is collage not a business.

voloffaith writes:

in response to lm5449#205749:

What sad this is collage not a business.

Meesa also tinks is way that also Yoda...............

govolsdid writes:

Everyone knows you are a want to be- Bones never lies. Get over it there is only one "Witch Doctor"

govolsdid writes:

in response to Original_Witch_Doctor:

WD says he just wasn't meant to play for VOLS. His stats are not what an SEC team needs. WD likes the way this VOL team has shaped up!

Get over it want to be , there is only ONE Witch Doctor and you are not it! Bones never lie. Go Big Orange.

seekjustice#1417360 writes:

Good luck Travon! I wish you great success at NMS.

CoverOrange writes:

“Travon is a tenacious defender and competitor.” that is why Martin recruited him. Martin likes defense. That Travon is four inches shorter than Darius is why he let him go. Just my guess, no voodoo there.

CoverOrange writes:

And for anyone who says he wasn't SEC caliber, outside of Kentucky and Florida, there aren't any big guns in the SEC right now.

LSG410EC83 writes:

Can the school actually release an athlete that has signed a NLI? Honest question. All I can see is they can if the athlete does not meet academic requirements. Other than that, and I may be wrong, the athlete is locked into the school for one year. The only way this can be broke is if the athlete ask to be released and the university agrees to it. I could not find anywhere saying the university could initiate the release first. Really am curious. Am I misreading or missing something.

claiborneh writes:

Martin reneged. Period. If one wants to speculate why and how that is another matter. The problem is the kid and his family did not appear to be leveled with soon enough. (sometime after April 17) Unless there us more to that story than we know, it is another example of a problem in college athletics, and a dilemma coaches have to deal with.

tennlions writes:

I didn't get a chance to post this earlier

http://www.indystar.com/article/20130...

It's not as uncommon as people might think. It's harsh reality for sure but coaches can't ever let the big one get away or it may cost them their jobs.

tennlions writes:

Here is some information that may clear up questions that some people have.

What is the National Letter of Intent (NLI)?
The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
 Prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
 Institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

How can a signee be released from the NLI?
Release Request:
A request for release must be initiated by the NLI signee by submitting the NLI Release Request.

That is from NCAA.org. What it doesn't say is how much a player will play, if at all. Likely in this case, Plan A was informing Landry of the amount of bench minutes he was going to get. Plan B (if he elected to stay) would have been to pull an existing scholarship.

LSG410EC83 writes:

in response to tennlions:

Here is some information that may clear up questions that some people have.

What is the National Letter of Intent (NLI)?
The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
 Prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
 Institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

How can a signee be released from the NLI?
Release Request:
A request for release must be initiated by the NLI signee by submitting the NLI Release Request.

That is from NCAA.org. What it doesn't say is how much a player will play, if at all. Likely in this case, Plan A was informing Landry of the amount of bench minutes he was going to get. Plan B (if he elected to stay) would have been to pull an existing scholarship.

Pretty much what I found on more than just the sight you cited. So, Martin could not have dropped the kid, renigged, gave the shaft, wronged, stabbed him in the back, etc, etc, etc. as many on here have posted. Landry had to request himself to be released. Sounds to me, and that is speculation, that Martin informed the young man of the possibility of minimal playing time (as you mentioned) due to the talent ahead of him and may have even helped him find a school where he would get playing time. If Landry decided he still wanted to play at UT, then Martin would then had to drop kick one of his existing scholarship players. Thanks again for the post. Know it will not shut people up, but, it is good enough for me. ITS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

aidensgrandpa#442215 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Vandy offered as well as a number of other Major D1 schools. Most schools no longer have openings for a PG. The reality is UT didn't do this kid any favors. We can all chalk it up to the big business of college sports but it still doesn't make it right.

Ironcity,your comment is spot on. So much for the integrity of Coach Martin and big time college basketball

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