Along with the Q & A feature on Tennessee women’s basketball freshman Jaime Nared for Friday’s editions of the Knoxville News Sentinel and online at govolsxtra.com, here’s a few other items on the 6-foot-2 forward:
– Jaime’s father, Greg, played collegiately at Maryland and was a teammate of Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose shortly after being chosen in the first round of the 1986 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
– Since Jaime’s younger sister, Eboni Clay, is only 8 years old, Jaime said she’s mindful to not act too much like a parent toward her.
“Just because you see her growing up and you just want to be the best role model and you want her to be the best person,” Jaime said.
Nared is from the same town (Portland, Ore.) as teammate Jordan Reynolds and shares the same affinity for wearing short shorts.
“They said it’s an Oregon thing,” Nared said of her UT teammates. “They always make fun of it.”
– For what it’s worth, Nared has the firmest handshake of any Lady Vols freshman I’ve met. And I’ve been covering the team since 1988. Will be interesting to see how that translates to the court. Ought to help with rebounding and loose ball scrambles.
– The entire Lady Vols coaching staff was in Cedar Hill, Texas, on Wednesday. UT is recruiting Joyner Holmes, a 6-3 forward who is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2016 by ESPN HoopGurlz.
– The coaches also have been on the road this week, recruiting two post players in the 2015 Class: 6-5 Kalani Brown from Slidell, La., and 6-4 Beatrice Mompremier from Miami, Fla.
– The Lady Vols also will pay a visit this month to Elizabethtown, Ky. The Lady Vols are recruiting 6-2 forward Erin Boley, who’s ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2016 by HoopGurlz.