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Drew Pember and Davonte Gaines enter transfer portal

A pair of Tennessee basketball players are looking for new homes
Davonte Gaines and Drew Pember
Davonte Gaines and Drew Pember(WVLT)
Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 6:01 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 6:10 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A pair of Tennessee basketball players are looking for new homes.

Drew Pember and Davonte Gaines have both entered their names into the NCAA transfer portal.

“It’s meant the world to me to have the opportunity to play for my hometown school,” Pember wrote on his Twitter account Friday afternoon.

“Vol Nation, I will miss you. Your support for me as a player and as a person is something I hold near and dear. The relationships I have built here will last for the rest of my life,” Gaines said in a tweet.

Pember saw action in 10 games this past season, including seven SEC contests. The sophomore forward never played more than 15 minutes in a game during his two seasons on Rocky Top.

“Coming to Tennessee was an incredible experience and I was blessed to be a part of this program. My teammates and the coaching staff have helped me become a better player as well as a better person, and I am so grateful,” said Pember in a tweet.

Pember came to Knoxville from Bearden High School where he was part of a team that beat James Wiseman and Memphis East in the TSSAA AAA state championship game.

“Knoxville will always be my home, but I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal. This new opportunity will help maximize my potential as a basketball player and I look forward to contributing on the court ahead. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me!”

Gaines saw action in 19 of 27 games this season and did a great job keeping hold of the rock. The sophomore recorded just three turnovers in 68 minutes of play last year.

“Thank you to my teammates for allowing me to be a part of their lives and pushing me to become a better person and player. I hope that I have had a positive impact on those I came into contact with,” Gaines said.

Pember and Gaines are both to transfer and play right away, and each have three years of eligibility remaining.

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