KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Freshman point guard Daniel West has been ruled academically ineligible to play for 14th-ranked Tennessee this season.
Coach Bruce Pearl declined to speak more Monday about the specific issue because of privacy concerns.
West was expected to share time at the point with junior college transfer Bobby Maze and J.P. Prince. Last season's starting point guard, Ramar Smith, was dismissed from the team at the end of the season.
Maze now will start and likely see significant playing time with some help from Prince and junior Josh Tabb.
Pearl did say he didn't originally expect West to have an academic issue, and the freshman had done well during summer school courses.
Tennessee opens its season Saturday against Chattanooga.
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