Vols’ Forward to Have Surgery on Knee

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    Tennessee is having their media day for the men’s basketball team on Thursday morning, and there was some injury news to come out first thing in the morning.

    Multiple reports from media day confirmed that sophomore forward Zach Kent will have a scope on his left knee tomorrow and will be out an indefinite period of time.

    Kent only appeared in two games last season for the Vols, totaling 13 minutes, four points, and three rebounds in those two appearances. The 6-foot-11 forward is expected to have a much larger role off the bench for the Vols this season as he’ll serve as one of the backups to starting center Kyle Alexander.

    Before he came to Tennessee, Kent played for Blair Academy in New Jersey as a senior, a prestigious academy that’s produced NBA players like Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva. As a junior at St. Andrew’s during the 2015-16 season, Kent earned All-Delaware Independent School Conference honors after averaging 17 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range, and 80 percent at the free throw line.

    Tennessee will have an exhibition match-up with Tusculum on October 31st, and the regular season begins on November 6th when the Vols host head coach Rick Barnes’ alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.