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E.J. Anosike enters transfer portal

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Mississippi Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

After just one season in Knoxville, Tennessee senior E.J. Anosike will enter the transfer portal once again. Anosike was brought on to provide depth and toughness in the post, but it just never came together this season.

Anosike will now be searching for a third school in as many years.

As a junior, Anosike was a force at Sacred Heart. The 6-7 power forward averaged over 15 points per game, boosting him to a bigger opportunity at Tennessee. However, Anosike quickly fell out of the rotation with the Volunteers after beginning the season as the first big man off of the bench.

By the second half of the season, Anosike had lost virtually all playing time.

Rick Barnes said midseason that he could see Anosike returning to the program, taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility gifted by the NCAA. Even with Yves Pons exiting the program, and potentially John Fulkerson as well, Anosike has opted to move on.

Anosike played just 8.5 minutes per game this season at Tennessee, scoring 1.7 points and bringing down 1.9 rebounds per contest.

His exit frees up another scholarship spot, as Tennessee continues to pursue post players in the transfer portal. The Volunteers are also coming after five-star power forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, who could reclassify into the 2021 class.