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DJ Burns announces transfer to Winthrop

Tennessee now has an opening to fill.

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Tennessee officially has an open scholarship spot to fill.

DJ Burns, who entered the transfer portal last week, has announced his commitment to Winthrop this morning.

The former four-star recruit opted to transfer from Tennessee curiously after the Vols swung and missed on Kerry Blackshear Jr. Burns was in line to at least be in the frontcourt rotation this season after the departures of Kyle Alexander, Grant Williams and Derrick Walker.

Burns now heads home to Rock Hill, South Carolina to join Winthrop.

What the DJ Burns transfer means right now and in the future

The move leaves Tennessee thin in the post, unless Rick Barnes and staff can make a late addition. John Fulkerson and Zach Kent return, while transfer Uros Plavsic figures to be an immediate starter. Four-star forward Olivier Robinson-Nkamhoua and three-star forward Drew Pember will also figure into the equation right off the bat.

Tennessee carried an open scholarship spot through the season last year. With it being so late in the process, it’s possible that they could do that again this season.

Remember, Tennessee is stashing Oregon transfer Victor Bailey this season, who has to sit out one year due to NCAA transfer rules. They will see two more spots open next year after Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner move on.

Tennessee already has one 2020 commitment in five-star wing Corey Walker. The Vols are in a good spot to add four-star in-state guard Keon Johnson to that group, who will commit on August 6th. Tennessee also landed in the top five of five-star guard Jaden Springer earlier this week.