A common basketball refrain goes something like this: You can never have enough guards.
Those words probably were getting a workout Wednesday in Tennessee circles after combo guard Bria Smith, a consensus top eight prospect in the Class of 2011, picked Louisville, not UT.
I can appreciate the recruiting angst, especially considering the circumstances. Smith had already signed with Virginia but was granted a full release from the letter of intent after Cavaliers coach Debbie Ryan retired in March. A top prospect suddenly became available and the Lady Vols found themselves on the short list of suitors. This all happened in a matter of weeks, too.
Any disappointment, though, shouldn’t detract from the present circumstances. UT has the luxury of shifting last season’s starting point guard, Meighan Simmons, to off guard because UT coach Pat Summitt is confident enough in freshman Ariel Massengale to give her the starting job at the point.
Even with Kelley Cain and Lauren Avant not returning, Tennessee’s roster still stands at 12 players for next season. I still think there’s a good team within this team, better than any version that we’ve seen so date. I thought that before the Lady Vols recruited Smith and my viewpoint hasn’t changed.
They have enough talent.