Tennessee G Lamonte Turner stunned Volunteers fans and media members when he announced that Saturday’s game would be his last. Turner revealed he has been diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which will result in season-ending surgery.

UT basketball coach Rick Barnes released a statement to the media, praising Turner and offering support:

“After he met with the media today, Lamonte and his family sat down with me and he informed me of his decision. He gave everything he had for four and a half years, he earned his degree and he played a key role in establishing the culture of our program. We all love Lamonte and are saddened that he is unable to continue playing at this time. We’ll continue to support him as he takes his next steps.”

Turner, the 2018 SEC Co-Sixth Man of the Year, has been a key contributor throughout his career, having played every game his freshman season and remaining a constant in the starting lineup and off the bench since that time. This season, Turner had stepped into a starting role following the departure of Jordan Bone to the NBA.

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