Tennessee’s basketball team has apparently been searching for another point guard, and the name of Darius Thompson of Murfreesboro Blackman High School had been mentioned as a possibility.
Looks like the Vols are going to have to find another possibility. Thompson committed to Vanderbilt over the weekend after his recruitment had begun to blow up. In addition to Tennessee, Auburn, Butler, NC State Purdue, Texas A&M and several other schools were in hot pursuit of Thompson, who at 6-4 is a true point guard.
Hometown school Middle Tennessee recruited Thompson longer and harder than anyone, but the lure of playing for a Southeastern Conference school was too great for him to pass up.
Thompson, who played with Murfreesboro resident Corn Elder—now a football-basketball star for Ensworth High School in Nashville and another possible Tennessee guard target—was apparently not worried that Vanderbilt’s starting point guard, Kedren Johnson, is just a sophomore.
Thompson, who is averaging 14.2 points and 6.6 assists this season, played with Elder on the same AAU team.
Given the recent struggles of starting point guard Trae Golden, and the fact signee Travon Landry, now at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, hasn’t developed there as well as hoped, the Vols have been reported to be on the lookout for a point guard.