Cordell Passley reconsiders

The University of Tennessee basketball program may have lost two Passleys this month. The recent dismissal of Vol sophomore Tony Passley has led his younger brother to reconsider an earlier commitment to the Big Orange.

According to today's editions of The Indianapolis Star, Cordell Passley, a 6-3 junior who committed to the Vols nearly two years ago, now says he plans to reopen his recruitment.

A heralded point guard at Pike High School in Indianapolis, Cordell was a mere freshman when he went public for the Vols in May of 2005. His older brother transferred to UT from Redlands Community College shortly thereafter. Because he had attended a couple of summer school classes at Wisconsin-Milwaukee prior to enrolling at Redlands, Tony was forced to sit out the 2005-06 UT season as a transfer.

Tony played sparingly in 2006-07 as a Vol reserve, struggling mightily with the transition from high school post player to college wing. The 6-5, 218-pounder committed 18 turnovers in just 115 minutes. That would be roughly equivalent to committing six turnovers per game over a three-game stretch. Reportedly, he also had academic problems.

Academics also plagued Cordell in 2007. He was suspended from Pike High School's basketball team in January due to reported classroom deficiencies.

Here's a note from today's website that clarifies things a bit:

Pike junior Cordell Passley has withdrawn his oral commitment to Tennessee and reopened his college search. Passley, who was suspended from the Pike team in January, will transfer to a prep school for his senior year, his mother, Sheila Passley, said. She added that Tennessee was still high on her son's list but he wanted to consider all his options.

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