KNOXVILLE — The offseason came quickly for the Tennessee basketball Volunteers.
One day after the season-ending loss to Middle Tennessee State in the National Invitation Tournament's second round, the Vols got an expected departure and a surprise future arrival that will bring implications for next season's roster.
Renaldo Woolridge has received a medical redshirt waiver from the NCAA for a fifth season of eligibility, but the senior forward will transfer to another school to play next season, according to UT associate media relations director Tom Satkowiak.
The 6-foot-9 California native made 25 appearances and started four games for the Vols this season after playing in eight games as a junior. He averaged 4.3 points per game and had highs of 17 against UNC-Asheville in December and top-ranked Kentucky in January, but he struggled to hold a consistent spot in UT's frontcourt rotation. If Woolridge graduates in May, he'd be eligible immediately at his new school.
During his career, Woolridge became more known for his musical talents. He released a number of rap songs under the artist name "Swiperboy." His biggest on-court moment was in UT's stunning upset of Kansas two seasons ago, when Woolridge had 14 points, eight rebounds and four 3-pointers against the top-ranked Jayhawks.
The Vols also added a fourth player to their 2012 recruiting class with the commitment of Armani Moore. The 6-5 shooting guard from Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Ga., is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. Moore had a scholarship offer from Ole Miss.
Wings Derek Reese and D'Montre Edwards signed with UT during the fall signing period, and Jarnell Stokes enrolled at UT in January. Stokes' addition brought the Vols to the scholarship limit of 13 players, and Reese and Edwards would replace departing seniors Woolridge and Cameron Tatum. Moore's commitment, though, indicates that at least one player departure is likely before next season.
Junior center Kenny Hall remains indefinitely suspended, though he continues to work out separately from the team. The addition of Reese, Edwards and Moore would give the Vols nine players who play a guard or wing position. That doesn't include walk-on point guard Cory Stanton, the Clemson and Lipscomb transfer who becomes eligible at the midterm next season.
Maymon gets scoped
UT announced Tuesday night that Jeronne Maymon underwent arthroscopic surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in the junior forward's right knee. The injury, which occurred during the Vols' win at LSU during the last week of the regular season, forced Maymon to miss the NIT opener against Savannah State.
Maymon returned to score 17 points and grab seven rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench in the season-ending loss to Middle Tennessee State on Monday.
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 ...