Tennessee big man announces he has entered NCAA transfer portal
Drew Pember may be a Knoxville native but the local basketball product looks to be finishing his college basketball career elsewhere.
That’s because the big man announced on Friday that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal after spending two seasons with the program.
Pember appeared in 10 games for Tennessee this season but appeared in just 28 minutes of action for the Vols.
A product of Bearden High School, Pember was rated as the state’s No. 7 overall prospect in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Here is a Pember’s bio according to the Tennessee team site:
2020-21 – SOPHOMORE
Saw action in 10 games, including seven SEC games for the Vols this season.
Scored his first two points of the season on a second half dunk in the home win over South Carolina (2/17/21).
Dished off a career-high three assists in Tennessee’s dominant victory over Tennessee Tech (12/18/20).
Saw his first action of the year in the Vols’ victory over Appalachian State (12/15/20).
2019-20 – FRESHMAN
Averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in a reserve role for the Vols, appearing in 22 games in his freshman campaign.
Missed the final four games of the season after being placed in concussion protocol.
Provided a spark off the bench for the Vols in nine minutes of action during UT’s win at Alabama (2/4/20).
Scored two points and dished off an assist at Mississippi State (2/1/20).
Scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in UT’s home win over South Carolina (1/11/20).
Knocked down his first career 3-pointer in the Wisconsin game (12/28/19).
Made an instant impact off the bench in UT’s showdown with Memphis (12/14/19), nearly posterizing a Memphis player, before getting fouled and knocking down both free throws.
Played a season-high 15 minutes in Tennessee’s victory over Florida A&M (12/4/19).
Provided a spark for the Vols in 10 minutes off the bench in UT’s 58-46 victory over Chattanooga (11/25/19).
Tallied eight points, five rebounds, two blocks and an assist in eight solid minutes off the bench in UT’s victory over Alabama State (11/20/19).
Made his collegiate debut in Tennessee’s 82-63 victory over Murray State (11/12/19), grabbing his first career rebound.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.