KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s 2017 women’s basketball signing class has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by several recruiting services, including espnW HoopGurlz and Prospectsnation.com.
UT signed four players, with each one ranked among the top 11 players in the country by Prospectsnation.com. Three of the four were rated in the top 12 by espnW HoopGurlz, with the other player ranked at No. 55.
Joining the program are 6-0 guard Evina Westbrook of Salem, Ore./South Salem H.S. (No. 1 by All-Star Girls Report/No. 2 by Prospectsnation.com and espnW HoopGurlz), 5-7 point guard Anastasia Hayes of Murfreesboro, Tenn./Riverdale H.S. (No. 6 by Prospectsnation.com/No. 9 by espnW HoopGurlz), 6-2 wing Rennia Davis of Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault H.S. (ranked No. 9 overall by Prospectsnation.com and No. 12 by espnW HoopGurlz) and 6-4 post player Kasi Kushkituah of Austell, Ga./St. Francis H.S. (No. 9 by All-Star Girls Report/No. 11 by Prospectsnation.com/No. 55 by espnW HoopGurlz).
The class is the highest rated of the Holly Warlick era, which includes the No. 3 group from 2013 (which later added Diamond DeShields) and a No. 6-rated class in 2014.
UT last signed a No. 1 class in 2008, when Glory Johnson (No. 3), Amber Gray (No. 4), Shekinna Stricklen (No. 8), Alicia Manning (No. 15), Alyssia Brewer (No. 20) and Briana Bass (No. 33) joined a program directed by Pat Summitt with Warlick on hand as an assistant.
“It’s exciting for us,” Warlick said about Tennessee’s class ranking for 2017. “Obviously, to be ranked No. 1 in recruiting is a great accomplishment. It’s a big success story for everybody involved with this program.”
“We’ve worked really, really hard on this class. I think it is a compliment to how hard our assistant coaches worked and also to the quality of players we are getting. They’re solid kids and great players. I’m really pleased, because I think they are really going to complement the returning players on our team.
“Our players did a nice job, too, in the recruiting process. I want to make sure I say that. They did a tremendous job and got to know these players. I just think it was a good fit.”