After an incredibly disappointing and frankly unfair end to his Tennessee career, Lamonte Turner is finally healthy. The former Volunteer took to Instagram to let everyone know that he was finally back to full strength.
Turner battled should issues throughout his Tennessee career, which eventually cost him over half of his senior season in Knoxville. He made the difficult decision to shut things down in December, ending his college career three months earlier than it should have.
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I’ve learned a lot about myself these past two years whether it was from playing hurt or recovering from injury. I’ve seen people come & go and also seen some grow closer and stick by my side. I’ve learned to appreciate other things besides basketball like life itself and family, & by family I mean people who stick by you through anything even when the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t visible. I spent a lot of nights praying for things to be different, to be healthy and just for a fair opportunity, but now I see God was molding me for this one. I’m finally healthy and I’m finally ready to show who I really am and to everyone who showed their true colors I want to say thank you because now I can focus on myself and those who are really family as they never changed on me. I promised myself I would never quit it’s way too many people counting on me and twice as many counting me out but luckily and thankfully I’m motivated by both!! with that being said I’m blessed to say the least so stay tuned, it’s about to get scary
“I promised myself I would never quit it’s way too many people counting on me and twice as many counting me out but luckily and thankfully I’m motivated by both!! with that being said I’m blessed to say the least so stay tuned, it’s about to get scary,” Turner wrote.
Turner was the heart and soul of the team before he shut it down. Finally a senior and out of the shadows of Admiral Schofield, Jordan Bone and Grant Williams, he had a chance to make this team his own. However, despite several gutsy efforts, it became clear that something wasn’t quite right.
The Alabama native shot just 23 percent from three-point range in 11 games played. He ended up shooting just 31 percent from the field as a whole, scoring 12 points per game.
Turner was able to deliver one more iconic shot, delivering at the buzzer to beat VCU in November.
@Vol_Hoops senior Lamonte Turner hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer giving the Vols a 72-69 win over @VCU_Hoops in the consolation game of the Emerald Coast Classic. VCU overcame a 13 point second half deficit to take a late lead, before Turner's heroics sealed the win for Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/c1XpOxqWS2— NCAAHoops24/7 (@NCAAHoops247) December 1, 2019
Now finally healthy, it’s going to be interesting to see if Turner can begin his professional career. He may not be an NBA prospect, but opportunities overseas should come.