Tennessee has Top Basketball Recruiting Class
On Sunday, the number 12 prospect in the HoopGurlz ranking Rennia Davis announced that she had signed with the University of Tennessee. Davis is a wing player that stands 6’2″. After narrowing her choices down to Kansas, Tennessee and Maryland, the Lady Vols eventually won out. With her Tennessee basketball signing, the Lady Vols now sit atop the 2017 class rankings.
The top ranking of the incoming class for Tennessee basketball is built around Rennia Davis, Evina Westbrook, Anastasia Hayes and Kasiyahna Kushkituah. Davis is actually the third ranked player of the mentioned names.
Evian Westbrook is the top ranked guard in the class and number two overall. She is 6’0″ and is attending high school in Salem, Oregon. Anastasia Hayes is a 5’7″ point guard from Tennessee and is the 9th overall ranked player in the class. Kushkituah is a 6’4″ forward from Georgia and comes in at 55th overall for the class.
Westbrook was reportedly cold towards Tennessee basketball initially due to the fact that several other girls from Oregon are part of the Lady Vols. Westbrook wanted to carve her own path, but ended up following in love with the program.
It appears that Tennessee will be building the future of their program around the trio of Westbrook, Hayes and Davis to run the perimeter. With several Tennessee starters already being upper classmen, the program will look to groom this young class to lead the Vols in the future. Kushkituah will anchor the interior and the crew will just need to find another forward to help round out the starting five.
Head coach Holly Warlick is optimistic about how this group will mesh. She believes the fit of the players is more important than class ranking as a whole. If this group works out well for Warlick, Tennessee could be a top team from 2018-2020.