North Carolina transfer Stephanie Mavunga apparently was in Knoxville Wednesday and her day lasted until early Thursday morning.
Tennessee women’s basketball freshman Meme Jackson posted several entries on her Twitter account that chronicled an overnight “hooping” session involving Mavunga, fellow Tennessee freshman Te’a Cooper and sophomore Kortney Dunbar.
Mavunga, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference forward, was granted a release last week by North Carolina to pursue a transfer. In a statement posted on the school’s website, the 6-foot-3 Mavunga said she had “a heavy heart” in asking for the release.
Her visit to Knoxville coincided with Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick’s stint as an assistant coach with the U.S. World University Games team. Warlick currently is in Guangju, South Korea.
Mavunga, who is from Brownsville, Ind., is believed to have visited Ohio State as well. She is the final player to transfer from North Carolina’s four-player 2012 signing class, which was ranked No. 1 nationally. One member of that class, Diamond DeShields, already has transferred to Tennessee. She’s with Warlick in South Korea, playing for the World University team.
In May, Mavunga was chosen to the U.S. Pan American Games team. Training will begin soon for the competition, which is July 16-20 in Toronto.