Blackman's Darius Thompson makes college transition

Blackman's Darius Thompson makes college transition


Blackman's Darius Thompson makes college transition



It didn’t take long for Darius Thompson to find a basketball court after the freshman guard moved into his room on the University of Tennessee campus.

He was far from alone, too.

“That first night when we got here, the team came in and helped us move in and all that, and after my parents left, we played our first open gym [with] everybody on the team that night,” Thompson recalled Wednesday night after his team lost to open the second night of the annual Rocky Top summer basketball league. “It was the first thing we did actually. After the game, we went and watched one of the [NBA] playoff games as a team.”

Since then, the Blackman High School graduate hardly has gone anywhere without fellow Volunteers freshmen Robert Hubbs, the five-star shooting guard, and swingman A.J. Davis. The rookie trio share a two-room suite with Tennessee’s fourth newcomer Rawane “Pops” Ndiaye, the junior-college transfer big man. The freshmen have been grouped for workouts and have similar class schedules.

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