Tennessee basketball picked up a transfer center on Friday afternoon in Uros Plavsic from Arizona State. What can he bring to the Vols?
Just hours after back-to-back SEC Player of the Year, Grant Williams announced he was staying in the NBA Draft; the Vols picked up a committed from Uros Plavsic. Realistic fans know that merely picking up a commit won’t replace the greatness of Grant. However, big bodies never hurt.
Plavsic is a 7-footer, and you know what they say, “you can’t teach height.” And, height is something that is going to be very important next season with the departure of 6-foot-11 Kyle Alexander.
Former Vols big man was exceptional in protecting the basket with excellent timing with blocked shots, but it was his length that affected the opposing players. Alexander finished his career with 185 blocks and helped Tennessee ranked in the top-25 in interior defense last season.
Can Uros Plavsic do the same?
Again, I think it’s unfair to expect Plavsic to play as well as Grant Williams. It’s unfair to expect him to play as well as Alexander on the defensive end. However, Plavsic will be able to stretch the floor, and he’s reasonably athletic to be a 7-footer.
To be clear, Plavsic isn’t a grad transfer, so we don’t know yet if we will see the big man on the court next season. However, if he’s able to get a waiver to play immediately, he should be helpful for a team looking to replace four starters.
Tennessee is still waiting on a word from Jordan Bone who is still mulling over his decision on whether he is staying in the NBA Draft or going back to school. If Bone ends up staying in the draft, the Vols will have yet another opportunity to sign another player.
Odds are they would look to add a guard however you get talent when you can get talent. If Plavsic is able to play next season, you’ll see early on he will have a chance to play. With John Fulkerson, Zach Kent, and D.J. Burns the competition, I’d say Plavsic could receive more minutes than most might think.