Albrecht calls it quits

Another member of Tennessee's ill-fated 2002 basketball signing class is leaving the program.

Justin Albrecht, a junior college transfer who missed the 2002-03 season due to a stress fracture, has decided to forgo his final season of eligibility.

''Justin felt the need to take some time off right now,'' Vol head man Buzz Peterson said in a news release. ''He played two seasons at Western Iowa Community College and has been here for two full seasons. Although he could have had one more season to play, he decided that he needed to take a break. After taking a year off, he has every intention of returning to finish his school work.''

Albrecht was part of a heralded '02 signing class that also included 7-footer Boomer Herndon (Nashville), Parade All-America guard John Winchester (Stamford, Conn.), wing Stanley Asumnu (Houston, Texas) and point guard C.J. Watson (Las Vegas). Herndon and Winchester recently transferred out of the program after making minimal contributions. Asumnu has been terribly inconsistent. The lone success story to date is Watson, the starting point guard each of the past two seasons.

A 6-foot-6 forward from Omaha, Neb., Albrecht was a second-team All-Region XI pick at Iowa Western Community College in 2001-02. He played in 28 games at UT, averaging a modest 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds. He started two games last season and finished with 46 points in 26 games. At season's end he received the Team Before Self Award as the best team player.

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