Uroš Plavšić had to watch from the bench as his teammates handled an inferior Eastern New Mexico squad. With the season not officially starting until Tuesday, November 5th, There is still hope that the NCAA will approve Plavšić’s transfer wavier in time for the season opener.
In his absence Wednesday night, Tennessee came out and did what it was supposed to do in its first exhibition game of the season, routing the Cougars 107-59. However, one area the Vol’s did struggle, was on the glass. Giving up 18 offensive rebounds is never a good thing, especially to an opponent of this quality.
Wednesday night’s game showed that the 7-foot-1 Plavšić is very vital to the success of this year’s team. The buzz around Tennessee basketball is that Plavšić’s transfer will be approved so he can step in and fill some of these crucial front court minutes. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Uroš Plavšić, its very simple,
He just wants to play basketball.
At Tennessee’s recent media day, the Serbia Native told Mike Wilson, of The Knoxville News Sentinel, “I just want to play basketball… We can just wait, but that is it.”
Plavšić’s journey to the Vols has been anything but ordinary, as he is still fairly new to the United States. After enrolling at Chattanooga-area High School, Hamilton Heights, in 2017, and graduating in 2018, Plavšić originally committed to Cleveland State before switching to Arizona State. Plavšić then entered the Transfer Portal and found himself here at Tennessee, which he describes as “home.”
Despite not being eligible to play, Plavšić has been practicing with the team since arriving on campus at the beginning of summer, and has made great rapport with his teammates.
“I’ve enjoyed playing basketball all my life, but now I feel like it’s on a higher level,” he said. “I wake up so happy to go to practice, where I’m getting better every day and making my teammates better.”
Coach Rick Barnes is optimistic a decision will come soon, having this to say about his 7-footer in September, “We need him,” Barnes said. “He has been a valuable part of what we’ve done this summer with our practices up to this point. We need him… for certain.”
In the meantime, all there is to do is be patient with hopes that the NCAA will do the right thing and #FreeUros.
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