A former three-star center will have to wait at least another year before he sees the college basketball court.
On Saturday afternoon, Tennessee announced the NCAA denied a waiver for former Arizona State forward Uros Plavsic. The former three-star recruit appealed the decision, but the NCAA ruled against him.
Immediately after the decision, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas ripped the NCAA.
“Another unjustifiable decision on a transfer. What a joke,” Bilas said on Twitter.
Another unjustifiable decision on a transfer. What a joke. https://t.co/v1IbRsBPa8
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 2, 2019
How the NCAA decides who is eligible and who isn’t has become a hot topic among college football and basketball fans. This is just the latest in a long line of questionable moves from the NCAA.
Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer released a strong statement after the NCAA’s decision came through.
“We are extremely disappointed – quite frankly, stunned – in this outcome, and feel strongly that very compelling facts support clearance for immediate eligibility,” Fulmer said.
“We are at a loss as to how this decision aligns with a mission of prioritizing the well-being of student-athletes, and we are struggling to provide an explanation to a deserving young man who stands to lose a year of eligibility.”
Plavsic sat out his true freshman season before transferring to Tennessee after a coaching change. He’ll ride the pine until 2020-21.
Tennessee opens the regular season on Tuesday against UNC-Asheville at Thompson-Boling Arena.