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Tennessee Forward DJ Burns Enters Transfer Portal

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The young center is looking for a new home.

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According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, redshirt freshman D.J. Burns has entered the transfer portal and will be looking to play elsewhere in 2019.

The 4-star center from Rock Hill, South Carolina committed to the Vols in 2018 after foregoing his senior year in high school. He then sat out his first season in Knoxville, taking a redshirt year in hopes of taking on a significant role during the 2019-20 season.

Tennessee’s pursuit of Kerry Blackshear Jr. was interesting because the Vols didn’t have any scholarship room. If Blackshear chose Tennessee, Burns was a candidate to lose his scholarship. However, Blackshear headed south to Gainesville, joining the Florida Gators.

Still today — Burns has opted to enter the portal.

Now Tennessee has a potential opening to fill pretty late in this offseason. More importantly, the Vols have a need for more depth in the post, following the departures of Grant Williams, Kyle Alexander and Derrick Walker.

Tennessee is looking to secure a waiver for big man Uros Plavsic, who transferred in from Arizona State. John Fulkerson and Zach Kent will now be the only veteran Vols in the frontcourt, though Kent has never handled significant minutes.

Freshman forwards Drew Pember and Olivier Robinson-Nkamhoua may be forced into some very early action, unless Rick Barnes and the staff have something up their sleeve here.