The University of Tennessee basketball team just got some good news. The NCAA cleared Uros Plavsic, a 7-footer originally from Serbia who came to UT as a transfer from Arizona State. He redshirted with the Sun Devils last season and will now be immediately eligible to play for the Volunteers as a redshirt freshman.
Plavsic left his native Serbia in 2017 and played high school basketball in Chattanooga. His host family still lives in that area, which played a major role in his decision to transfer from ASU to Tennessee last May. Plavsic was initially denied eligibility from the NCAA in early November, although he did receive a “travel wavier” later that month that allowed him to attend road games with his teammates. The Tennessee athletics department has been working on a series of appeals since then. Now, he’ll be able to suit up for the Volunteers.
“We appreciate the committee’s work as this process ran its course,” UT Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “We’re thrilled that Uros will receive his opportunity to compete and that he no longer stands to lose a year of his eligibility. Our compliance staff put a great deal of work and persistence into achieving this outcome. This is the right decision.”
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— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) January 14, 2020
After Tennessee’s star guard Lamonte Turner underwent a season and college career-ending surgery in December, the Volunteers are rightfully excited to add another weapon to their usable roster.
Tennessee’s next game is Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the road against Georgia. They’ll face the Kentucky Wildcats in Knoxville on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. and again inside Rupp Arena on Tuesday, March 3 at 9 p.m.