Mike Strange: Transfers loom large, for and against Vols

Mike Strange
Tennessee guard Antonio Barton (2) looks for a pass as Texas A&M guard Alex Caruso (21) chases him down across court during the second half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Antonio Barton (2) looks for a pass as Texas A&M guard Alex Caruso (21) chases him down across court during the second half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

When Tennessee pounded Virginia in basketball last month, the Vols didn’t have to worry about KT Harrell. He had long since transferred.

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Comments » 6

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

I guess Trae Golden wouldn't have played much for the Vols this year anyway since we have been so strong at point, driving the lane for lay ups and shooting free throws.
Heck, most of the so-called Vol fan wizards hated Trae and said good riddance when he left.
Glad they were right and our other players are playing at such a high level.

ralphiefor3 writes:

We have one xfer on our team. I guess we are behind the trend

Snapshot writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

I guess Trae Golden wouldn't have played much for the Vols this year anyway since we have been so strong at point, driving the lane for lay ups and shooting free throws.
Heck, most of the so-called Vol fan wizards hated Trae and said good riddance when he left.
Glad they were right and our other players are playing at such a high level.

I guess you were singing his praises when he was out there and wouldn't, or couldn't play a lick of defense. I'm not sure which it was, but most that watched could tell he was a liability on the defensive end.

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Golden didn't transfer for hardship reasons. There were several other things going on at the time that made it better for him and UT if he left.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to 1volk-nowi-tall:

Golden didn't transfer for hardship reasons. There were several other things going on at the time that made it better for him and UT if he left.

I never knew the details, nor do I want to, but it seemed the incident was at the very least, er, icky enough--for certain values of "icky"--that it wasn't really his decision to make, but fair enough to call it a mutual parting that was GOING to happen. From what I have seen of Trae and Tech this year, both are, you guessed it, up and down. Some of the "who beat who that beat who" permutations involving the Jackets this year would fry your brain.

I always went back and forth about Trae, a classic "little girl with the curl" type of player who could be either brilliant or horrid, and there was no real way to know what you are going to get. I dreaded watching him defend a quick, crafty PG; he was like a school crossing guard showing the opponent the way to the basket.

On the other hand, I usually felt pretty good about the Vols' chances when Trae was at the line late, almost no matter what kind of game he had up until then. That can never be taken away from him, and the Vols could use some of that!

I think if Barton had come into the season completely fit and healthy, the Vols would have been better off with him instead of Trae. That could still be the case. Unless it is entirely a health issue, Barton hasn't settled in to the PG role as well as I had hoped. He may yet have to be "the answer" at PG if this team is to make the Big Dance, though they will have to run a real gauntlet to finish better than they did last year. The real future at the position is Thompson. Once the defensive part of the game comes more naturally to him, he will be something special.

Volborn writes:

Players should be able to transfer. Schools give 1 year scholarships, which is a year by year contract. Coaches leave for other schools every year, players should be able to do the same if they have legitimate reasons. If coaches realizes his player is not up to par, he can just cut him loose(Wes Washpun, Trae Golden). It should be a two way street.

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