Herndon, Winchester go 'home'

After lackluster careers at UT, basketball players Boomer Herndon and John Winchester have returned to their home areas.

Herndon, a 7-footer who scarcely left the bench in two years with the Vols, has transferred to Belmont, which is located in his hometown of Nashville. A former NAIA power, Belmont switched to NCAA membership in the late 1990s. Herndon averaged less than six minutes per game of playing time at UT.

Winchester, a 6-4 guard who produced nearly as many turnovers (55) as baskets (61) during his two seasons on The Hill, has transferred to Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. A Parade All-American in high school, he is originally from Stamford, Conn.

Herndon and Winchester were part of Buzz Peterson's ill-fated 2002 signing class. One member of that class -- point guard C.J. Watson -- became an immediate starter. But junior college transfer Justin Albrecht has been a non-factor to date, Stanley Asumnu has been terribly erratic, while Herndon and Winchester contributed next-to-nothing before transferring.

The meager contribution from the Class of '02 has been a major reason UT basketball has struggled under Peterson, whose first three seasons produced records of 15-16, 17-12 and 15-14.


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