InsideTennessee.com has confirmed that Cory Stanton, a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder from Springfield, Tenn., will be enrolling at Tennessee as a walk-on this week after spending the 2010-11 school year at Clemson. Last July he decided not to return to the Tigers for his sophomore year, telling reporters he was looking for "a school closer to home."
Tennessee fills that bill. In addition, Stanton was recruited by current Vol head coach Cuonzo Martin two years ago, when Martin was head man at Missouri State.
Stanton played for former Big Orange point guard Johnny Darden at Springfield High School, where he averaged 19.1 points and 7.5 assists per game as a junior. He produced 23.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a senior, then scored 17 points in the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association East-West all-star game. His career-high output was a 43-point effort as a junior against Clarksville High School.
Rated the state's No. 7 prospect by Tennessee Prep Hoops as a high school senior in 2009-10, Stanton saw considerable backup action as a scholarship freshman at Clemson in 2010-11. He averaged 10.7 minutes and 2.4 points per game with 25 assists, 21 turnovers and 20 steals. He struggled with his stroke, however, shooting just 34.5 percent (29 of 84) overall, 21.1 percent (8 of 38) from 3 and 66.7 percent (14 of 21) from the foul line.
Stanton's best college game came against Michigan, the same team that hammered Tennessee by 30 points in the NCAA Tournament last March. He hit 4 of 7 shots that evening, finishing with 9 points and 4 steals in 20 productive minutes.
Tennessee currently has just two scholarship point guards on its roster, sophomore starter Trae Golden and freshman backup Wes Washpun. Golden is averaging nearly 15 points and better than 5 assists per game. Washpun has been somewhat erratic to date, bottoming out with a 4-turnover performance in just 9 minutes last Saturday against Florida.
The Vols have a high school point guard committed, Travon Landry of Bob Jones High in Madison, Ala., but he is a junior who won't be enrolling at UT until the fall of 2013.