Passley must sit out a year

Anthony Passley will be playing college basketball for the University of Tennessee … but not this season.

Passley signed with Bruce Pearl of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in November of 2003 and attended one summer school class at UWM in 2004 before leaving school due to a family matter. The NCAA, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to make Passley sit out the entire 2005-06 season because he attended that single class at UWM last year.

Passley, a 6-5 wing player from Indianapolis, spent the 2004-05 season at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. He will be a sophomore in eligibility at UT when the 2006-07 season begins.

In an interview with The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Pearl -- now UT's head man -- described Passley as "physical and tough." While he would love to have Passley available for the 2005-06 season, Pearl conceded that, "Getting a year to work on his skills isn't such a terrible thing … I know he'll be a better player when he does take the court for a game."

Passley averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in junior college last season. His prep averages were 17.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. He shot 56 percent from the floor as a senior at North Central High of Indianapolis, and was a first-team all-state pick by the high school coaches association.

Interestingly enough, Passley once scored 36 points in a game against Mason County (Ky.) High. The leading scorer for the losers with 29 points was Chris Lofton, one of Passley's new Vol teammates.

The addition of Passley gives Pearl three newcomers who will be available for the 2006-07 season. Heralded Bolivar Central standout Wayne Chism publicly committed to the Vols last week. Chism, a 6-9, 230-pound post player, will make it official during the early signing period in November. So will Marques Johnson, a 6-5 combo guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., who committed to the Vols in the spring.

Cordell Passley, Anthony's brother and a sophomore at Indianapolis' Pike High School, already has committed to sign with UT for the Class of 2008.

Clearly, things are looking up in the world of Volunteer hoops.


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