The Vols lost one of just two primary point guard options on their roster on Tuesday with the news that walk-on point guard Braxton Bonds has been granted his release and plans to leave the program. The Vols have already made it official by way of removing Bonds from the roster on the team’s website.
Bonds spent one year on UT’s campus in 2014-15 after initially signing a Letter of Intent with Liberty in 2014. He transferred to Tennessee under walk-on status after deciding against playing for Liberty last season. After he was denied a waiver by the NCAA, Bonds was forced to sit out all of last season, effectively serving as a practice squad player during the redshirt season.
But with the graduation of starting point guard Josh Richardson, the Vols now have a huge void at that position, a spot Bonds was set to compete for, and at the very least, provide depth for. The only true point guard on the roster at this point is incoming 3-star signee Lamonte Turner, who the Vols added late in the 2015 class.
Bonds is also a former teammate and a friend of top 2016 Vol target Braxton Blackwell, a Nashville native who plays forward at CPA and is a consensus top-40 prospect nationally.