Tennessee freshman Turner ruled ineligible

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Tennessee will enter the 2015-16 season without a natural point guard on their roster, as freshman Lamonte’ Turner has been ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA.

Turner broke the news himself, announcing it on twitter.

“Blessed to be apart of such a great school and basketball program but I’ve been ruled ineligible for the 2015-16 season. Truly humbled!” he wrote.

This is a big blow to new Vols head coach Rick Barnes. Turner, who was a three-star prospect coming out of high school, was penciled into that starting point guard role. Without him, Barnes is going to have to rely on using off-guards Kevin Punter, Shembari Phillips and Detrick Mostella, potentially even versatile wing Armani Moore, at the point.