KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee's basketball program is adding a point guard for no cost.
Former Clemson reserve Cory Stanton is transferring from Lipscomb and will walk on with UT, a source inside the Volunteers' basketball program confirmed to the Times Free Press on Sunday evening.
A former three-star recruit out of Springfield High School north of Nashville, Stanton won't be eligible to play until the second semester of next season. The source was unable to confirm how many of years of eligibility Stanton has left.
Sophomore Trae Golden and freshman Wes Washpun are the only point guards on the Vols' current roster, and Travon Landry, a junior from Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala., verbally committed to UT last month.
As a freshman for the Tigers, the 5-foot-10 Stanton played in 33 games and averaged 2.4 points in 10.7 minutes. He scored a career-high nine points in his seventh collegiate game against the same Michigan team that ended the Vols' season in last year's NCAA tournament. Stanton played 13 total minutes in Clemson's opening- and first-round NCAA tournament games.
Stanton averaged nearly 24 points, five rebounds and four assists in high school for the Class AAA Yellow Jackets. Clemson was his lone high-major conference scholarship offer, but Stanton held an offer from Missouri State, where first-year UT coach Cuonzo Martin was the coach.
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...