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Tennessee Basketball announces six new jersey numbers for next season

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Igor Milicic Jr. and Darlinstone Dubar will make Tennessee Basketball history the first time they put on an orange and white uniform this fall. For the first time in program history, there will be a jersey No. 7 and No. 8.

Tennessee announced new jersey numbers on Wednesday, with Milicic wearing No. 7 and Dubar wearing No. 8. The Vols have never had a player wear Nos. 6, 7, 8 or 9. 

One of a handful of rule changes issued last June allowed players to wear any jersey number between 0 and 99. Players previously had to wear jersey numbers that included digits that were five or lower. 

An official told the New York Times in 2015 that the rule was in place to help officials simply the prices of signaling foul calls to the scorekeeper, using one hand for each number given that digits were between 0-5.

Here’s a look at the full list of the new jersey numbers on Tennessee’s roster for the 2024-25 season:

2 — Chaz Lanier

Chaz Lanier, the Nashville native who attended Ensworth School before going to North Florida, headlined Tennessee’s NCAA Transfer Portal class. He averaged 19.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 33.4 minutes per game last season, shooting 51.0% from the field and 44.0% from the 3-point line. 

According to Synergy Basketball, his 19.7 points came on just 16.3 possessions per game, putting him at 1.20 points per possession and ranked No. 1 in scoring efficiency last season. 

Jordan Gainey wore the No. 2 jersey at Tennessee last season. 

3 — Bishop Boswell

Bishop Boswell was a four-star point guard who committed to Tennessee in September and signed with the Vols in November. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder out of Myers Park High School in Charlotte, N.C., was ranked No. 71 overall in the 2024 class. 

Boswell was the No. 11 point guard and the No. 8 prospect in the state of North Carolina. So far he’s the lone player in Tennessee’s 2024 recruiting class.

Dalton Knecht starred in the No. 3 jersey for Tennessee last season.

7 — Igor Milicic Jr. 

Igor Milcic, Jr., the 6-foot-10, 225-pound stretch forward, averaged 12.8 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior last season at Charlotte, shooting 48.7% from the field and 37.6% from the 3-point line. He started his career at Virginia before transferring to Charlotte after the 2021-22 season.

8 — Darlinstone Dubar

Darlinstone Dubar averaged a career-high 17.8 points per game in 33 games last season, shooting 53.9% from the floor and 39.9% from the 3-point line. He also averaged 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 34.6 minutes per game. Dubar averaged 10.3 points per game last season and 11.7 two years ago. Shot a career-high 68.4% from the field in 2021-22 and 40.4% from the 3-point line in 2022-23. 

11 — Jordan Gainey

Jordan Gainey switches to No. 11, the jersey number vacated by sophomore power forward Tobe Awaka, who transferred to Arizona. Gainey, a USC Upstate transfer last year, averaged 6.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 36 games with the Vols last season, shooting 35.9% from the field and 29.1% from the 3-point line.

34 — Felix Okpara

Felix Okpara averaged 6.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for the Buckeyes last season and averaged 5.3 points and 5.0 rebounds over the last two years. He started 34 times in 35 games last season, averaging 23.5 minutes per game, after starting 11 times in 34 games as a freshman, averaging 15.5 minutes. Okpara shot 58.6% from the field in his 70 games with the Buckeyes.

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