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What Rick Barnes Said About Victor Bailey Jr’s Future After Guard Didn’t Participate In Senior Day

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Tennessee senior Victor Bailey Jr. did not join his fellow seniors in going through Senior Day festivities Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The redshirt-senior has one final year of eligibility due to NCAA COVID-19 relief.

“We’ve discussed everything with him,” Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes said. “He still has another year left and he’s not sure. He’ll still have options. We hope he’ll always be apart of our program, but as you know with the portal today he can choose to go somewhere else and play. Again, one way or the other, we love him. His teammates love him. … We love VJ, we love him being part of our program but he chose that he didn’t want to do it.”

Bailey played 90 seconds in Tennessee’s 78-74 victory over No. 14 Arkansas, grabbing one rebound.

Bailey played his first two collegiate seasons at Oregon before transferring to Tennessee and sitting out the 2019-20 season while ineligible.

The Austin, Texas native can transfer to another program and be eligible to play right away or can return to Knoxville for his fourth year at Tennessee and sixth collegiate season.

Bailey averaged 10.9 points in 25 minutes per game during the 2020-21 campaign before seeing his minutes seriously decrease this season. The senior guard averages three points in just 10.5 minutes per game.

Tennessee returns to the court Friday afternoon when they open play at the SEC Tournament in Tampa.

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