Tucker to enroll at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP/release) -- The Lady Vols have announced that Jannah Tucker, who signed with Tennessee last year but didn't enroll, has informed coach Holly Warlick that she plans to enter school in January.

The university said in a release Thursday that Tucker, a 6-foot guard from Randallstown, Md., will practice with the Lady Vols after arriving on campus, though she isn't expected to play this season.

Her decision was first reported by Inside Tennessee.

Warlick said this summer that Tucker had opted not to enroll due to personal reasons. Tucker later told Blue Star Media that she was a victim of domestic violence that included both verbal and physical abuse.

Tucker said in Thursday's release that, "Tennessee has always been in my corner no matter what the circumstances may be."

Tucker was ranked the nation's number 8 overall player in last year's signing class.

"Tennessee has always been in my corner no matter what the circumstances may be,” Tucker said. “Starting in the spring semester, I will be attending the University of Tennessee. I am so excited to officially be a Lady Vol, because they truly represent what family is all about. I am so appreciative for all the support I've gotten from everyone that is a part of UT, and I am extremely confident that UT is the best place for me to be."

Tucker originally was slated to arrive on campus in July for the second session of summer school at UT with 2013 Lady Vol freshmen Jordan Reynolds and Mercedes Russell, the other members of the nation’s No. 2 signing class. Due to reasons Tucker recently shared, she was unable to do so.

“Jannah has been a Lady Vol for quite some time, but we are pleased that she officially will be joining the Tennessee family in January,” Warlick said. “Our primary concerns are about her as a person and as a student. Basketball is secondary. Our staff and players welcome her with open arms and are humbled that she and her family have trusted us to be part of shaping her future.”

A 6-foot guard from Randallstown, Md. (New Town H.S.), Tucker was the No. 4-ranked player, according to Blue Star Basketball, and No. 5, according to Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, in last year’s signing class despite missing her senior season with a knee injury. She averaged 30 points per game as a junior and 26.2 as a sophomore at NTHS, earning all-state in 2011.

A two-time USA Basketball gold medalist, Tucker played with Russell on the 2010 USA U16 squad and Tennessee sophomore Bashaara Graves on the 2012 USA U18 team.

Tucker’s parents expressed their happiness about their daughter’s decision to enroll at Tennessee.

"We're so happy that Jannah will be part of the Lady Vol family,” Robert and Cynthia Tucker shared. “We've always thought that UT is the best place for her. UT is a very special place, and we're grateful for everyone's support in getting her here."

JANNAH TUCKER, 6-0, Guard, Randallstown, Md. >> New Town H.S.
• Ranked No. 8 on 2012-13 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings – ESPNU 100
• Rated as a five-star recruit on that list
• Fifth ranked guard in the nation’s class of 2013, according to ESPNU/HoopGurlz
• Rated No. 4 by Blue Star Basketball
• Rated No. 5 by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Basketball Report
• Baltimore Sun All-State First Team (2011) and All-Metro (2011).
• Averaged 30 points per game as a junior at New Town High School
• Set school single-game record with 39 points vs. Southside Academy (2010-11)
• Sophomore year numbers included 26.2 ppg., 12.0 rpg., 8.0 spg. and 6.1 apg.
• Played freshman season at Western High School, where she averaged 11.3 ppg., 4.7 rpg., and 2.5 apg. in helping her team to the 3A state title game
• Noted as a pure scorer and consistent shooter from three-point range
• Played up a year on 2012 U18 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Team, teaming with current Lady Vol Bashaara Graves to win a gold medal
• Also won a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships, teaming with fellow Lady Vol signee Mercedes Russell under USA head coach and former Lady Vol Jill Rankin Schneider
• Comes from a basketball family, including father Robert, who played collegiately at Richmond and Loyola College and sister Amirah, who played at Maryland-Baltimore County

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