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Tennessee loses Lamonte Turner for season

One of the SEC’s best will miss the remainder of the season.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 02 Kentucky at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tennessee Volunteers have lost senior guard Lamonte Turner for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

Following Saturday’s win over Jacksonville State, Turner and the school announced that his season was ending due to him needing shoulder surgery.

Turner actually decided to have the surgery on Friday, but he wanted to play in one last game as a Vol before his college career ended. He finished today’s 75-53 win over Jacksonville State with eight points on 4/6 shooting and 11 assists.

The talented guard was set to be one of the SEC’s top returnees this season, but he’s had a rough start to the season with poor shooting percentages. Prior to today, he was shooting just 29% from the field and 23% from three-point range, down from 32% last season. It’s safe to think the shoulder issue was greatly affecting his play, though he did hit a game-winning triple vs. VCU a few weeks ago.

Still, this is a big loss for Tennessee and the SEC, which has had a really bad week and looks significantly worse than last season.