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Now official: Rick Barnes talks seven foot center addition Uros Plavsic

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Here’s what Barnes thinks of his newest player.

Tennessee Basketball signs Uros Plavsic
Officially official.
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Tennessee announced the addition of seven-foot-one center Uros Plavsic on Tuesday morning. The school announced that Plavsic plans to enroll for the first session of summer school.

The move was made by the Tennessee staff directly after Grant Williams announced that he was staying in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Originally from Serbia, Plavsic moved to Chattanooga and graduated from Hamilton Heights Christian Academy. He signed with Arizona State out of high school as a four-star prospect. Plavsic redshirted last season before announcing his transfer last Friday night.

Tennessee is expected to go after a waiver so he can play immediately.

“Uroš is a skilled athlete with impact size,” Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes said. “He’s a strong, physical player who can hold his own in the paint, and his offensive skill set could also allow him to play away from the basket, keeping the floor spaced.

“His mobility and ability to run make him a great fit in our transition offense and pressure defense schemes. And his comprehension of the game and understanding of the value of being a great teammate are more reasons we’re excited about him joining our program.”

Plavsic joins a frontcourt that now features John Fulkerson, D.J. Burns and Zach Kent. Tennessee signed four-star forward Olivier Robinson-Nkamhoua, along with three-star forward Drew Pember in the class of 2019, likely rounding out the numbers for the Vols in the post.

The only remaining piece of the puzzle for Tennessee ahead of next season is the status of point guard Jordan Bone, who declared for the draft in April. Bone has until May 29th to make his final decision.