Star recruit joins Lady Vols, not likely to play
Jannah Tucker is finally at Tennessee a year after signing her
letter of intent. The star recruit has already had her first
practice and begins classes after the New Year.
Still, Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick doesn’t expect the freshman
guard from Randallstown, Md., to play this season.
”I don’t think she’s physically ready,” Warlick said. ”I
think her knee needs a little bit more (time).”
Warlick plans to redshirt Tucker, who was rated as one of the
nation’s top 10 prospects in her class by multiple recruiting
services even though a knee injury prevented the 6-footer from
playing her senior year at New Town High School in Owings Mill,
After signing with Tennessee in November 2012, Tucker didn’t
enroll as expected last summer for what was described at the time
as personal reasons. Tucker later told Blue Star Media she was a
victim of domestic violence.
In September, Baltimore County (Md.) police said they arrested
Joshua Anthony Gerard on a second-degree assault charge. Tucker
told police she and Gerard had been dating for two years.
Tennessee said in October that Tucker had informed Warlick of
her plans to enter school in January. Tucker reported to campus
this week and worked out with teammates Saturday. She was not made
available to the media
”I’m excited to have her here,” Warlick said. ”She’s an
exciting young kid. I think for her every day’s Christmas.”
No. 5 Tennessee (10-1) hosts Lipscomb (3-7) on Sunday.