Tennessee’s Fulkerson returning for sixth season

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ahead John Fulkerson introduced Friday that he’s returning to Tennessee for his sixth season, utilizing the additional yr of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fulkerson knowledgeable Tennessee of his determination and shared it on social media with a video.

The native of Kingsport, Tennessee, did not get to play within the Volunteers’ first-round NCAA event loss to Oregon State. He had a concussion and facial fracture after taking two elbows to the face from Gators ahead Omar Payne in a win over Florida within the SEC event.

Fulkerson stated within the video that he has another probability to stroll off the court docket on his phrases.

“My path nonetheless factors to Rocky Prime,” Fulkerson stated. “This chance is simply too particular to stroll away from. Vol Nation, I am again.”

The 6-foot-9 ahead has began 53 of his 54 video games performed. He averaged 9.5 factors and 5.5 factors per sport this season, a dip from his junior season when he scored 13.7 factors and had 5.9 rebounds per sport.

His return brings expertise to a roster that may characteristic a pair of five-star signees in ahead Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, who reclassified from 2022, and level guard Kennedy Chandler.

That class additionally contains 7-foot ahead Jonas Aidoo, wing Jahmai Mashack and Quentin Diboundje from France.