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Vols’ Plavsic Arrives Back in Knoxville

Tennessee redshirt sophomore center Uros Plavsic is back in the United States, and he got back to Knoxville, TN late Monday night.

According to pictures on Plavsic’s Instagram account, the seven-foot center flew from Belgrade in his home country of Serbia to New York City. From New York, Plavsic flew to Knoxville and landed late Monday night.

Per UT spokesman Tom Satkowiak according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Plavsic will have to quarantine for 14 days now that he’s back in the states, and he will be tested for COVID-19. Tennessee’s men’s basketball team had two unnamed players test positive for the coronavirus earlier this offseason, but both players have since recovered and have been cleared from quarantine.

Plavsic is one of two international players who were away from Knoxville this summer. Rising sophomore point guard Santiago Vescovi, who is from Uruguay, has still not returned to the United States. Olivier Nkamhoua, who is originally from Finland, stayed in the US this offseason and French forward Yves Pons is still in the US and has his name currently in the draft pool for the 2020 NBA Draft. He can still withdraw his name from consideration and return to UT for his senior season as long as he takes his name out of the draft pool by August 3rd.

The rest of Tennessee’s men’s basketball roster is on campus.

The seven-foot, 240-pound Plavsic transferred to Tennessee from Arizona State last offseason, spending one year with the Sun Devils where he redshirted. Plavsic was initially denied a waiver for immediate eligibility with the Vols, but the NCAA eventually granted him the right to play on January 14th, and he made his debut in the orange and white in Tennessee’s road contest against Georgia on January 15th.

In 16 games in his redshirt freshman season at Tennessee, Plavsic averaged 2.6 points and 0.9 rebounds in 7.3 minutes a game. Plavsic made three starts as well.

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