After ending the regular season on a sour note, the Vols are looking forward to a fresh start here in the SEC tournament. And while winning is about the only thing on the minds of these players, they are also thinking about and praying for former Tennessee Guard Tony White.
White has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and on Tuesday underwent a bone marrow transplant at Tristar Centennial Hospital in Nashville.
On Thursday, his spirits were lifted when Rick Barnes and the players paid him a visit. The team stopped by to give words of encouragement & talk some strategy for this weekend.
Former Volunteer Tony White said, “Well you know coach Barnes is always energized but to have the guys was special. I just wanted to talk to them a little bit, let them know how I’m doing, but to get back focused and play Tennessee style basketball.”
“He’s fighting right now and not only do we owe it to him to fight for him but we have to understand that life isn’t easy. It will be a testament to him about how much he’s fought and how much he’s been through. We respect it,” added Vols guard Grant Williams.
White is expected to be in Nashville for the next 100 days, and doctors have told him he has a 70 percent chance of living a normal life if the transplant is successful.