Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak confirmed Tuesday that Bonds had been given his release. The news was first reported by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Bonds, a nephew of former baseball star Barry Bonds, originally signed with Liberty in November 2013 and attended summer classes there for one week last year before walking on at Tennessee. The 6-foot-1 guard sat out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Bonds' exit leaves incoming freshman Lamonte Turner as the only pure point guard on Tennessee's roster.