KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Cheridene Green (pronounced SHARE-uh-deen), a 6-foot-3 junior college All-America power forward from ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., has signed to play basketball at Tennessee, Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick announced Wednesday.
Green, who hails from London, England, is the Lady Vols’ first-ever international player. Due to a knee injury suffered near the end of the 2015-16 season, she will redshirt in 2016-17 and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Green averaged 20.5 points, a nation-leading 16.5 rebounds, 3.9 blocks and 2.5 steals during 15 games in 2015-16, starting 13 of them before the injury ended her sophomore campaign. A first-team NJCAA All-American, she shot 57.6 percent from the field and 75.7 percent from the free throw line in helping ASA to a 22-4 record and its second-straight District C Championship and NJCAA Elite Eight finish.
As a freshman, Green posted 13.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per contest en route to NJCAA second-team All-America accolades. She connected on 52.3 percent of her field goal attempts and 61.4 percent of her charity tries, starting 15 of 21 games played during a 16-5 season by ASA.
“We’re extremely happy to add a junior college All-America post player to our team,” Warlick said. “She has a tremendous work ethic and loves getting in the gym and working on her game. To go along with that, she’s a good student and solid as a person, so I think she is going to fit into our system and our Lady Vol family just fine.
“I think sitting out in 2016-17 is going to allow her the ability to get 100 percent healthy. She’ll also be able to get to know our system and learn our terminology and expectations. Once she is cleared, we’ll have a great opportunity to work with her and develop her game and still have her for two years. It really works out well for us.”
This makes the third signee of the spring for UT. Warlick previously added two other inside players in center Schaquilla Nunn, a 6-3 graduate transfer center from Winthrop University (Fayettville, Ga./Fayette County H.S.), and 6-3 center Kamera Harris, a high school standout from Hampton, Ga. (Dutchtown H.S.).
“Our staff has done a great job of getting kids here and showing them what we have to offer,” Warlick said. “I think Sharrona (Reaves, new assistant coach/recruiting coordinator) has really fit in well and has hit the ground running. The rest of our coaches also have stepped up to help us address our needs in recruiting. They’ve all done a great job.”
The signing class will join a group of nine letterwinners, including four of five returning starters (Diamond DeShields, Mercedes Russell, Jordan Reynolds, Jaime Nared) from last season’s NCAA Elite Eight squad. Te’a Cooper and Andraya Carter also return with significant experience in the starting lineup.
Statistically, UT will welcome back 82 percent of its points, 77 percent of its rebounds, 89 percent of its assists, 86 percent of its steals and 83 percent of its blocked shots.
UT lost three inside players, including a WNBA second round draft pick in 6-2 forward Bashaara Graves (10.3 ppg., 8.3 rpg.), 6-3 center Nia Moore (2.0 ppg., 1.9 rpg.) and 6-2 forwardJasmine Jones (5.0 ppg., 4.5 rpg.). Jones played in only 13 games combined as a junior and senior after her past two years ended early due to injury.