Vols expect Turner back for NIT Preseason Tip-Off

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15, 2018 - Guard Lamonte Turner #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Wright State Raiders and Tennessee Volunteers during the first round of the 2018 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament in Dallas, TX. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes expects guard Lamonte’ Turner to return from a shoulder injury this week at the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, New York.

Turner, the Southeastern Conference co-sixth man of the season last year, has missed the fifth-ranked Volunteers’ first three games after playing 15 minutes in a preseason exhibition. Barnes said Monday that Turner is practicing with the team and should play at the NIT event.

The 6-foot-2 junior averaged 10.9 points last season to rank third on the team. He shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range and led the Vols in 3-point baskets (70).

Tennessee (3-0) faces Louisville (3-0) on Wednesday in its first game at Brooklyn. The Vols will play either Kansas (3-0) or Marquette (3-1) on Friday.