The month of July convenes coaches and recruits alike at women’s basketball events across the country.
The setting is suited for conversation, and Jannah Tucker’s decision to not enroll at Tennessee figures to be a hot topic.
“It’s like anything,” Lady Vols assistant Dean Lockwood said. “Anytime something happens, it’s open to interpretation.”
Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick and her staff seem secure in the knowledge that they did everything they could on Tucker’s behalf. They stood by her last fall when she wavered on her commitment. They were patient last month when Tucker didn’t attend the first session of summer school — the first indication of her impending decision.
“We feel very comfortable in the sense that we have done everything,” Lockwood said. “Holly went the extra mile for her.”
As for the ripple effect from Tucker’s decision:
— Tennessee doesn’t have to change its recruiting. As noted in Saturday’s blog and Monday’s editions of the News Sentinel, the Lady Vols already are pursuing the right players. It’s simply more urgent that they sign at least one wing player.
— Tucker was expected to help Tennessee’s 3-point shooting, which took a hit with the departure of Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams. Before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery last December, guard Andraya Carter hit four treys in a game at Miami (Fla.). It would help if the redshirt freshman resumed such marksmanship.
— Despite the thinner ranks, the overall viability of UT’s 10-player roster shouldn’t be any less than that of the 11 players who began last season.
— That said, 10 is an awfully small number. After last season, coaches and fans alike should be better at holding their breath whenever a Lady Vol hits the deck.