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Former Tennessee Guard Transferring To Big 10 School

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Former Tennessee guard Freddie Dilione is transferring to Penn State, 247sports’ Travis Branham first reported on Wednesday morning.

An offensively talented 6-foot-5, 180-pound combo guard, Dilione struggled to consistently find the court during his freshman season at Tennessee. Stuck behind Zakai Zeigler at point guard and Santiago Vescovi, Dalton Knecht, Jordan Gainey and Jahmai Mashack at shooting guard and small forward, Dilione played just 5.2 minutes in 18 games played during the 2023-24 season.

In those 18 games, Dilione averaged 1.7 points, 0.8 assists and 0.6 rebounds per game. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native played double-digit minutes just twice last season, playing 16 minutes in a season opening blowout win over Tennessee tech and 13 minutes in a blowout win over Vanderbilt.

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Dilione was originally the highest ranked recruit in the Vols’ 2023 recruiting class before early enrolling at Tennessee in January of 2023. Joining Tennessee midseason, Dilione redshirted his freshman season while practicing with the team and getting adjusted to college basketball and Tennessee’s system.

The former top 50 recruit is clearly a very talented offensive player who can score at all three levels and is particularly impactful at the basket. But he never found his groove on the defensive end in a program that prioritizes defense. With Zeigler, Gainey and Mashack returning next season, Dilione was the first of four Tennessee players to enter the transfer portal this offseason and perhaps the least surprising departure.

Dilione now joins a Penn State program that went 16-17 in Mike Rhoades first season as head coach. Rhoades replaced Micah Shrewsberry who left Penn State after just two seasons to become the new head coach at Notre Dame.

Tennessee has added just one transfer to its roster to date— Hofstra wing Darlinstone Dubar. They’ve also hosted Belmont transfer Cade Tyson, Charlotte transfer Igor Milicic and Ohio State transfer Felix Okpara on visits to date. None of the trio are backcourt players, however, and Tennessee will likely use one of its five remaining scholarships on an off-ball guard.

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