ETSU’s Armus enters transfer portal

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Apr 22, 2019 at 9:00 PM

The East Tennessee State basketball team is suddenly looking for help in the post.

It was confirmed Monday that sophomore forward Mladen Armus has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound native of Serbia averaged eight points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Bucs in 33 games last season. It included a 21-point, 12-rebound performance against Western Carolina. Armus missed the last game of the season in the CIT tournament against Green Bay with a concussion.

The previous season, he was an All-Southern Conference Freshman Team selection with averages of 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

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

It was the second blow in two weeks for the Bucs, following the news on April 17 that redshirt junior forward Jeromy Rodriguez made the decision to turn professional and forego his final year of eligibility.

Combined, the Bucs lose 19.2 points and 18.6 rebounds per game with their departures. 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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