Breaking News:Josiah-Jordan James Announce his resignation and departure from the team after….

The deadline to withdraw was tonight at midnight ET.

Tennessee confirmed the news shortly after James’ announcement.

“I’m excited and blessed to be able to represent Tennessee for one more year,” James said. “After last season, I talked with the coaching staff about how important it was for me to go through the draft evaluation process and get NBA feedback, since I wasn’t able to do that last offseason.

“I also knew that the coaches here had to build a full roster for this year and prepare for the possibility that I might not be back. I love the pieces they’ve put together, and I’m eager to join this new group of teammates for one more run.”

So now Tennessee sits over the 13-man scholarship limit. Obviously the staff will have to find a solution to this, meaning a player would have to come off of scholarship, one way or another. Could James walk-on? We’ll see.

For James, it’s a second chance at a senior season that didn’t go as planned. He struggled with injuries throughout the year, missing basically the entire first half of the season. Hopefully those issues are behind him now, and he can build upon the success we saw at the end of his junior year.

James joins Santiago Vescovi as a fifth-year senior, giving Tennessee a ton of leadership going into this season. Expectations just got a whole lot higher on Rocky Top this season. Tennessee was already in the top ten of most way-too-early top 25s.

The Vols are going to be talented, and ridiculously deep. That will obviously help as Zeigler continues to rehab his way back from a torn ACL.