BREAKING: NCAA Denies Uros Plavsic’s Transfer Waiver
Today, the Vols found out that the 7 foot 1 inch center from Serbia by way of Hamilton Heights in Chattanooga will NOT be eligible to play this season. This is an enormous blow for the Vols who are in desperate need of size to replace departed stars Grant Williams, Kyle Alexander, and Admiral Schofield. The transfer of former four star big man DJ Burns to Winthrop this off season made the situation in the front court truly dire for the Big Orange. The transfer of Plavsic gave the Vols some size, but until today, it was unclear whether or not they would be able to make use of it.
In Plavsic, the Vols were hoping to utilize a former four star center that is capable of running the floor, grabbing rebounds, and providing size and rim protection that was missing from the roster. A true seven footer with an impressive wingspan, Plavsic would have been a defensive presence in the low post, forcing teams to alter shots around him. His ability to rebound on both ends of the floor would have been incredibly important for the Vols, who look to be relying on a much smaller, more guard heavy lineup than they did last season. That said, Plavsic would have been an asset on the break as well. He is a big man that runs the floor well and moves well for his size. His size alone would make him a factor in the low post offense Tennessee ran with Williams and Alexander, but with so many guards, rebound put backs would have also accounted for a significant number of points
Plasvic being ruled ineligible changes the face of this Tennessee team. It means that the Vols only have access to a single, true big man on the roster in John Fulkerson. As much as Fulky is loved by Vol Nation, he is not a player the Vols would like to rely on as a full time starter and someone playing heavy minutes. If Fulkerson were to get into foul trouble or deal with injury, it is likely the Vols will have to turn to Zach Kent to play the five. Another option for Tennessee, with their multiple, sizeable wings, is to potentially allow Yves Pons to play minutes at Center in much smaller but incredibly athletic lineup. The Vols are going to miss Plavsic this season, and his absence is going to be keenly felt by Tennessee. Plasvic still looks to be a plug and play for Tennessee, unfortunately for the Vols, they won’t be able to plug the big man in until next season.
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Brandon Martin is from the mountains of southeast Tennessee, a proud alumnus of ETSU, and has ended up living in Nashville after stints in Memphis and the Tri-Cities.
Football season takes him all over the Southeast, covering games in the Nashville-Middle Tennessee region, East Tennessee, Memphis-West Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, and Virginia. He covers all things UT with a focus on Recruiting and Tennessee Basketball. If you see him at a game, please, come say hello.