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REPORT: Derrick Walker enters name in NCAA Transfer Portal

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Tennessee could possibly be losing one of their big men off the bench.

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With the possible departure of Grant Williams and Jordan Bone to the NBA still on the table and very likely, Tennessee basketball maybe even getting more lighter.

According to a report from 247sports on Wednesday, Vols junior forward Derrick Walker entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal which allows him to explore the option of leaving the program.

Walker came to Knoxville by way of Kansas City, MO., as part of Rick Barnes’ 2017 recruiting class.

During his freshman campaign in 2017-18, Walker appeared in 34 of Tennessee’s 35 games, averaging more than eight minutes a game as a bench player. Against South Carolina that season, Walker notched a career high 10 points and four rebounds.

This past season, during the Vols’ Sweet Sixteen run, Walker’s playing time average dropped as his role in the court was more limited than it was during his first season.

Walker saw action in 30 games, averaging a little over five minutes per game and scoring a total of just 25 points. His highest scoring outing was five points against Georgia on Jan. 5.
His decision to enter the portal still leaves the door open for a return, but Tennessee’s depth heading into next season with Admiral Schofield and possibly Williams and Bone will be something to keep an eye on.