University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman Trey Brown has decided to leave the program and enroll at East Mississippi Community College, according to UTC coach John Shulman.
"He's getting closer to home," Shulman said. "We were hoping that he was going to be a big 3 [wing forward] for us, and we may have eventually moved him to a 4."
Brown, who came from Bandon High School in Mississippi, played a total of 32 minutes this past season, including a season-high nine against Hiwassee.
"He's decided to go closer to home, and he'll be re-recruited," Shulman said. "He'll have success there."
Brown's departure leaves UTC with one open scholarship for the upcoming season.
"We'd like to take a big man if one came available, and we're looking at transfers from other schools," Shulman said. "There's always things popping up, and you have to keep recruiting every day."
Shulman said it's unlikely that his coaching staff -- which is down one man after Ricky Cabrera returned to Tennessee Tech -- would pursue a junior college transfer.
"We've got a scholarship," Shulman said. "We're not going to waste it. It's not like we're in dire straits."
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...