UT may get swing man

Though thwarted in its efforts to sign Jamont Gordon and keep November signee Tyler Smith, Tennessee's basketball program may be getting a swing man, after all.

Dameon Mason, a 6-5 guard/forward, has decided to leave Marquette, where he averaged 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last winter. He says he is considering a transfer to Tennessee. The Vols recently hired Bruce Pearl, who coached last season at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which is basically across-town from the Marquette campus. Mason also has been quoted saying he is considering a transfer to Illinois. If Mason enrolls at UT, he must sit out the 2005-06 season as a transfer.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury says the afore-mentioned Gordon is now eligible to enroll at the Starkville school. Gordon transferred from Nashville Glencliff to Oak Hill (Va.) Academy last summer in hopes of boosting his academic standing. He left Oak Hill under mysterious circumstances about a month ago and enrolled at Philadelphia Lutheran, where he apparently completed the work necessary to achieve a high school diploma.

Another basketball player who has endured some academic struggles, 6-9, 280-pound Tennessee signee Damion Harris, has successfully completed a year at Prince Avenue (S.C.) Prep and is now eligible to enroll at UT, according to Pearl.

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