Tennessee senior Jeronne Maymon’s long-awaited return to the basketball court will have to wait a few more months.
Maymon and Coach Cuonzo Martin announced yesterday that he will seek a medical redshirt and will play the 2013-14 season as a fifth year senior.
"I didn't want to miss too many games," said Maymon. "I didn't want to come back and be a distraction and have coach try to put me in there where other guys have paved the way for themselves to play this year. I'm just going to take the backseat and let guys do what they have to do."
Maymon underwent arthroscopic surgery to address a torn meniscus in his left knee on March 20 at UT Medical Center. Maymon apparently reinjured his surgically repaired knee during the preseason, but the true nature of the injury has remained private.
"I can't give particulars about the specifics on the knees and types of surgeries, but he should have a full recovery," stated Martin. "By what the trainers and doctors are saying, he should be 100 percent full-go at the end of this month, practicing and competing in practice, if everything stays according to plan."
Maymon averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds his junior season. Maymon and junior-to-be Jarnell Stokes could be quite an imposing force in the Vols frontcourt next season.
In the meantime, the short-handed Vols will return to Thompson Boling Arena on Wednesday for the SEC opener against Ole Miss.