Former Tennessee Basketball Walk On Finds New Home

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    Former Tennessee power forward Brock Jancek announced he is transferring to East Tennessee State Monday afternoon on Twitter.

    Jancek played in 18 games in his four seasons as a walk on at Tennessee, totaling seven career points and six  rebounds.

    The former Knoxville Catholic standout decided to leave Tennessee and use his COVID-19 year of eligibility at a smaller school where he could earn major playing time.

    “I am sure every walk-on can relate to this in any sport,” Jancek said following the Vols’ Senior Day win over Arkansas. “You obviously want to play and get minutes and be that guy. With the success that we have had here at Tennessee over the past four years, it washes that feeling away. Having that extra year, I know that I can be that at a certain place. I have not been thinking about that at all, I have been enjoying and embracing all the success we have had here.”

    Jancek won’t travel far from Knoxville or completely leave his Tennessee connections, playing for Desmond Oliver in Johnson City.

    Oliver was an assistant under Rick Barnes at Tennessee from 2016-21 before getting the ETSU job following Jancek’s junior season.

    ETSU went 15-17 (7-11 SoCon) is Oliver’s first season in Johnson City.

    The 6-foot-8, 228 pound power forward will give ETSU a strong interior presence and should grasp the system and culture quickly due to his familiarity with Oliver.

    Tennessee’s had an abundance of roster movement this season with five scholarship players joining Jancek in the transfer portal. The Vols added Indiana State transfer guard Tyreke Key this offseason and still have four scholarships to fill.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.