Tennessee has found another future women’s basketball player in the state of Oregon.
Jordan Reynolds, a 5-foot-10 guard from Portland, Ore., committed to the Lady Vols on Friday night. Reynolds was considering Louisville and Ohio State, as well as UT. She’s ranked No. 42 in the Class of 2013 by ESPN HoopGurlz.
“It really came down to her heart strings and where they were being tugged,” said Kimberly James, Reynolds’ mother. “Everything kept coming back to Tennessee.”
Reynolds’ decision came three days after center Mercedes Russell of Springfield (Ore.) High, committed to Tennessee. Russell is the No, 1 ranked player in the class. Reynolds and Russell have been AAU teammates.
Russell’s reaction via Twitter was “that jus made my day!”
James indicated that Russell’s choice wasn’t the determining factor in her daughter’s decision.
“While you think it might be a landslide, she was still heavily weighing her options,” James said.
James encouraged her daughter to list the pros and cons of the schools she considered on a poster board. Tennessee fared well.
“After every school visit, in-home visit, official visit, Tennessee kept rising to the top,” James said.
After transferring from Jefferson High to Portland Central Catholic, Reynolds became the state Class 6A player of the year. She helped lead her new team to the state semifinals, averaging 18.3 points, 7.5 rebounds 5 assists and 4.9 steals per game.
Springfield coach Bill Wagner is familiar with Reynolds and described her as “incredibly talented.”
James said that her rapport with Tennessee first-year coach Holly Warlick and her coaching staff addressed one of her biggest concerns.
“I had to be comfortable with the history of the school, the integrity of the program and the staff,” James said.
Tennessee now has three players committed for its signing class. The third is 6-0 wing Jannah Tucker of Randallstown, Md., who’s ranked No. 8 in the class. She reaffirmed her commitment last Saturday.
The early signing period begins Nov. 14. James said that Reynolds will be signing on Nov. 16.