Tennessee head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced Thursday that guard Quinton Chievous has been granted a release from his scholarship and will look to transfer.

Chievous plans to graduate with a degree in communication studies over the summer, making him eligible to play next season as long as he transfers to a school outside the SEC.

"We have enjoyed having Quinton as part of this program for the last three years," Martin said. "He's worked extremely hard on the court, and he has also matched that effort in the classroom. He's on track to graduate in three years, which is impressive. His Tennessee teammates and coaches wish him nothing but the best, and we expect him to make an impact wherever he lands."

The Chicago native, who redshirted as a true freshman during the 2011-12 season, appeared in 31 contests and averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game during his three-year career at UT.

In the 2013-14 season, Chievous played in nine games, tallying 32 minutes. His biggest contribution came in the Vols' season opener against Xavier on Nov. 11, 2013, when he scored two points and corralled three rebounds in 13 minutes.

"I want to thank the university, Coach Martin and the staff here for giving me an opportunity," Chievous said. "It's a tough decision to leave Tennessee, but I feel like it's the best decision for me. My teammates here are like brothers to me, and we're all really close. I'm definitely going to continue supporting them."

Chievous' departure frees up one scholarship for the Vols for the 2014-15 season. Another scholarship spot hangs in the balance with junior forward Jarnell Stokes still deciding on whether or not he will forgo his senior season to enter the NBA Draft.