Alaina Coates drops Lady Vols basketball from consideration

Tennessee's recruiting guest list for this weekend is one visitor shorter than before.

Alaina Coates, a 6-foot-4 center from Irmo, S.C., dropped the Lady Vols from consideration and won't be making an official visit. Instead, she will choose between South Carolina and Georgia. Coates is ranked 28th in the Class of 2013 by ESPN HoopGurlz.

Still, the Lady Vols will be entertaining four recruits for the team's biggest recruiting weekend of the fall. And there will be a big post presence with Mercedes Russell, a 6-5 center from Springfield, Ore. She is the top-ranked player in the class. Russell averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists per game last season and was named the Class 5A player of the year for Oregon.

Russell is deciding between UT and Louisville, and will visit the Cardinals next weekend.

Russell is one of two top 10 prospects visiting this weekend. The other is guard Tyler Scaife from Little Rock, Ark., who is ranked No. 9 in the class by HoopGurlz.

The other visitors will be Emmonnie Henderson, a 6-2 forward from Edwardsville, Ill., who's ranked No. 40, and Jordan Reynolds, a 5-11 guard from Portland, who's ranked No. 42.

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Comments » 11

CrankE writes:

Well dang.

If only Debby Jennings were still with UT . . .

Theo writes:

in response to CrankE:

Well dang.

If only Debby Jennings were still with UT . . .

Do you wake up everyday wondering how big a jerk you can be? Well, today you are a ten. Congratulations.

Volinflan writes:

Coates has been a S.C. recruit the whole time. Thanks for saving UT the money by not coming. She and Russell were (are) not going to the same school. A given. This is good because Russell and Kendall are coming to U.T. I'm guessing (hoping) Emmonnie Henderson will join her. Along with Burdick, Harrison, Graves, Jones and Moore that is a "hugh" inside presence. We will find out about Nov 10 (or before)!!!!!11 GLVols

SoddyVol writes:

She is from just outside Columbia, S.C., minutes away and could live probably live at home. It would be 3 hours to Athens, Ga. or about 4 1/2 hrs to Knoxville, Tn. I suspect If S.C. wants her very bad they will get her.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Maybe Coates knows something about Russell's decision. Hopefully something good for the Big Orange. Oh how great it would be to have Russell and Davis and Kendall on the same team along with some awesome upper classmen. Tear through the SEC and get back to the final four!

madrigal writes:

Maybe it's a Teresa Geter thing and she would be homesick too far away from Irmo, SC. Let's remember that these are still young girls.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Irmo is just outside of Columbia, SC. My prediction is that she'll go to South Carolina and all of this is a bunch of blah blah blah. UGA in Athens which is about 3 hours from Irmo while Knoxville is about 4 (depending on how fast one drives).

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Maybe Coates knows something about Russell's decision. Hopefully something good for the Big Orange. Oh how great it would be to have Russell and Davis and Kendall on the same team along with some awesome upper classmen. Tear through the SEC and get back to the final four!

That's what I was thinking/hoping. I'm sure she wouldn't want to go to the same school as Russell. I doubt that this will have any effect on Russell's decision, but it could help.

Volinflan writes:

Above comments about Coates and Russell not being at the same school. What about all the Guards. With Massengale and Carter already on the team as point guards will it affect the recruitment of someone like Tyler Scaife? Everybody!!! wants a big wing like Davis. What, IMHO, we also need is two more "shooters". Jannnah Tucker is one. Jordan Reynolds and/or Linnae Harper would make a groupsome. Two of the three would be just "orangey".

volboy81 writes:

Jordan Reynolds is from Portland, Oregon, Maine, Tennessee....????

mtnbikrtn writes:

OR

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