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Darrington nears decision

Junior college All-American Chris Darrington traveled to Knoxville for an official visit this past weekend and a decision awaits.

Chris Darrington arrived to Knoxville for an official visit last weekend and was immediately impressed by what Tennessee has to offer.

The 6-foot-1 point guard from Vincennes (Ind.) University and was recently named first-team NJCCAA All-American.

On a weekend with a number of high profile recruiting events nationally, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes showed the sharp shooter just how high of a priority he is viewed by having the entire staff return to campus for the official visit.

"It was great spending so much time with all of the coaches," Darrington told InsideTennessee. "I even got to spend time with the strength and conditioning coach (Garrett Mendenwald). They really care about you both as a player and a person off the court. That is important because sooner or later that basketball is going to stop bouncing.

"I am enjoying the process. I did not have that experience coming out of high school and it has really been a blessing. I am focused on finishing the semester strong and know I don't have much time to make a decision. I am not 100 percent closed to taking more visits but I don't have any planned at this time. I could possibly make a decision even this week."

Darrington enjoyed a stellar sophomore year for the Trailblazers, averaging 20.7 points and 5.0 assist per game. The ball-handler owned better than a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He can score from the outside, shooting 43.3 percent from beyond (90 for 208).

The Toledo, Ohio. native also has ability to break defenders down on the dribble and get to the free-throw line where he boast a 80.7 percent success rate. He averaged seven free-throw attempts a game.

"Coach Barnes wants me to come in and be a leader," Darrington said. "I can do that as I have done it for two years under coach (Todd) Franklin at Vincennes. He prepared me as a leader on the court and more importantly helped me to mature as a man. On the court he helped me develop into a point guard that can score in different ways and a guy that can score late in the shot clock."

Grant Williams hosted the point guard on the visit and attending the Dish Orange and White spring football game with him was eye-opening.

"I liked how all the fans wanted pictures and autographs from Grant. They really loved him," Darrington said.

Darrington has the skill set and intangibles to warrant the same kind of attention shown to Williams from the Big Orange faithful if he decides to become a Vol.

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