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Armus enters name in NCAA transfer portal

Jeff Birchfield • Apr 22, 2019 at 9:28 PM

JOHNSON CITY — The East Tennessee State men’s basketball team is suddenly looking for help in the post after sophomore forward Mladen Armus put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Although players who enter their names in the transfer portal can change their minds and remain where they are, Armus’ decision is the second blow to the program in the past two weeks. On April 17, redshirt junior forward Jeromy Rodriguez announced that he’s forgoing his final year of eligibility and will turn pro.

In 33 games last season, Armus — a 6-foot-10, 240-pound native of Serbia — averaged eight points and 7.7 rebounds, including a 21-point, 12-rebound performance against Western Carolina. He missed the Bucs’ last game of the season with a concussion.

Armus was an All-Southern Conference Freshman Team selection after averaging 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in his first season with the Bucs.

“I wish Mladen nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” ETSU coach Steve Forbes said Monday. “He is an outstanding young man who represented ETSU in a first-class manner.”

With the departures of Armus and Rodriguez, the Bucs lose a combined 19.2 points and 18.6 rebounds per game. Rodriguez led ETSU last season in rebounds, steals and minutes played. Armus led the team with 34 blocked shots and 101 free-throw attempts.

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