KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee basketball player Jeronne Maymon sounds at peace with a decision to remain on the sidelines for the rest of this season.
"We all came up with a deadline talking with coach and my parents," Maymon said before practice on Monday.
Maymon hasn't played all season due to a knee injury. His recovery continues, but a decision was made to write-off the 2012-2013 season.
"We didn't want to keep the fans waiting or the university waiting, just prolonging it throughout the year so we just came to the decision that if I'm not ready before SEC play we'll make a decision.
"It really takes a big weight off my shoulders. Now I am able to focus on my grades and my basketball training and getting back right."
The Vols have played twelve games without their All-SEC forward.
It was hoped Maymon would return to game action in December, but on the eve of the SEC schedule a tough decision was made.
"For me, it was about him being healthy," said Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin.
"If there was a case when we really felt like we had to have Jeronne out there and push it, he could do it, but it wasn't about that.
"It was about making sure he was healthy and ready to go because if he doesn't feel good about being out there, what's the point of having him out there."
Maymon led the Vols in scoring and rebounding in all SEC games last year.
UT says Maymon will return next year for a fifth and final season at Tennessee.