KNOXVILLE — Tennessee will play the rest of its basketball season without its best player.
The Volunteers' program announced Sunday night that All-SEC forward Jeronne Maymon will redshirt this season and return next season.
Maymon, his family, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin and team training staff and doctors met earlier Sunday to make a decision on the 6-foot-7 senior's season.
"It's really tough to know that I can't be on the court with my teammates this season," Maymon said in the program's release. "But I have confidence in them, just like I have confidence in these coaches and our medical staff. I know this is in my best interest, and I am going to work incredibly hard to come back as an even better player and teammate next season.
"I love Tennessee. I believe everything happens for a reason, and I see this injury as a blessing in disguise. God does not makes mistakes."
Tennessee's second-leading scorer and top rebounder from last season was sidelined during the preseason following two offseason knee surgeries, has yet to resume running or any other on-court activity and is well behind in his conditioning.
All of those factors played a role in the decision to hold him out for the rest of the season, and the eventual outcome became more and more likely as the season wore on with any significant improvement in Maymon's health.
Maymon sat out one season after transferring to Tennessee from Marquette, and he will be able to take the redshirt year he's not used. The Vols will have their on- and off-court leader back next season to combine with Jarnell Stokes and five-star shooting guard Robert Hubbs, who signed with Tennessee in November.
Martin will address the specifics of the decision and Maymon's redshirt during his previously scheduled news conference today at noon.
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...