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Hofstra transfer wing Darlinstone Dubar arrives at Tennessee to begin career with Vols

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Hofstra transfer wing Darlinstone Dubar arrived in Knoxville on Sunday to officially begin his Tennessee Basketball career. The Vols announced his arrival with a video posted on social media

Dubar was Tennessee’s first commitment out of the NCAA Transfer Portal this offseason, picking the Vols on April 15 and signing three days later.

The Vols have since added three more transfers in Charlotte forward Igor Milicic Jr., Ohio State center Felix Okpara and North Florida guard Chaz Lanier.

Lanier arrived on Friday, Milicic enrolled on May 14 and Okpara got to Knoxville on May 16.

Dubar spent the last three seasons at Hofstra after playing his first season at Iowa State. 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. 

“We are pleased to welcome Darlinstone and his supportive family into the Tennessee basketball program,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said in the press release. “He is already an accomplished collegian who will add a lot to our team.” 

Dubar 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, shooting a career-high 68.4% from the field in 2021-22 and 40.4% from the 3-point line in 2022-23. 

“Darlinstone is a true competitor and you know what you will get from him every day,” Barnes said. “A versatile player who can excel at multiple positions, he is an excellent 3-point shooter who can also knock down midrange shots and finish at the rim. Darlinstone brings toughness and a strong work ethic, both of which will mesh well with the players already in our locker room.”

Tennessee has two open scholarships remaining on 2024-25 roster

Dubar is ranked as the No. 60 transfer in the On3 Industry Ranking and No. 63 in the On3 rankings. Lanier was the highest ranked at No. 8 overall, ahead of Okpara at No. 44 and Milcic at No. 153.

Lanier, a Nashville native, 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.

Okpara, the 6-foot-11, 235-pound big man, averaged 6.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks at Ohio State last season and averaged 5.3 points and 5.0 rebounds over the last two years. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound Milicic averaged 12.8 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior this season at Charlotte, shooting 48.7% from the field and 37.6% from the 3-point line.

Tennessee has two open scholarship remaining for the 2024-25 roster. The Vols are expected to attempt to fill one of the two vacancies while potentially leaving the final spot open into the fall.

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