Plavsic not using his extra year of eligibility with the Vols

Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee forward Uros Plavsic drives past Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe during his 19-point performance in January's 63-56 loss to the Wildcats.

Uros Plavsic has scored his final points and grabbed his final rebounds for the Tennessee Volunteers.

The 7-foot-1, 265-pounder from Ivanjica, Serbia, has decided to test the professional ranks. Plavsic, who is not projected as an NBA draft selection next month but could have opportunities overseas, revealed his decision Monday with a Twitter message to Vols fans.

"I will forever remain grateful for the love and support I received from you throughout the years," Plavsic said. "There have been a lot of ups and downs, but I can promise you that I gave it my all for Tennessee.

"Playing professional basketball has always been one of the biggest dreams for me, and I have decided to go after that goal and follow my dreams."

Plavsic came to the United States in October 2017 and played at Hamilton Heights, where he averaged 9.6 points and 7.5 rebounds a game in helping lead the Hawks to a 28-7 record and the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) Division I national championship. He signed with Arizona State and redshirted during the 2018-19 season before transferring to Tennessee.

In his four seasons with the Vols, Plavsic played in 101 games with 45 starts, averaging 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. This past season, he played in 34 games with 20 starts and averaged 4.9 points and 3.4 rebounds, connecting on 63.6% of his attempts from the floor but only 34.0% from the free-throw line.

Plavsic's most memorable performance occurred in January's 63-56 loss to Kentucky inside Thompson-Boling Arena, when he scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting.

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