KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman point guard Daniel West has been determined academically ineligible to play for No. 14 Tennessee this season, coach Bruce Pearl announced Monday.
He had not practiced with the Vols since team workouts began Oct. 17 because of the eligibility clearance issue.
"The frustration is he passed many checks and balances and was in summer school and did very well," Pearl said. "To get the rug pulled out from underneath you is certainly disappointing."
Pearl said that he didn't originally expect West to have an academic issue and that the freshman had done well during summer school courses. He declined to speak more about the specific issue because of privacy concerns.
West, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound native of Saginaw, Mich., was expected to share time at the point with junior college transfer Bobby Maze and junior guard J.P. Prince.
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