Lady Vols basketball hosting recruit Kendall Cooper over the weekend

Forward Cooper is No. 12 in class of 2013

Kendall Cooper

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Kendall Cooper

Tennessee hosts Kendall Cooper this weekend as the Lady Vols' first official recruiting visitor of the fall.

The 6-foot-3 post player from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, Calif., is ranked No. 12 in the Class of 2013 by ESPN HoopGurlz. She was a member of the U.S. U18 women's national team, which won gold at the FIBA Americas championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, in August. The team included Tennessee freshman Bashaara Graves and 2013 recruit Jannah Tucker, who's committed to the Lady Vols.

Cooper was named the Long Beach Press Telegram's player of the year the past two years and her school's athlete of the year for 2011. She has played three seasons of varsity basketball at St. Anthony. She's compiled 1,189 points, 931 rebounds and 317 blocks along with 87 career starts. As a junior, she averaged 16.2 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game.

According to the personal notes in her USA Basketball profile, Cooper comes from a family of U.S. servicemen and women, including her grandfathers — Clay McCravey and Edward Cooper — and her aunt, Kathy McCravey.

Cooper would like to study dentistry and she told Gazettesports.com that she wants to be a versatile post player in college, mentioning former UT star Candace Parker as an example.

Big Weekend: Alaina Coates, a 6-4 center from Irmo, S.C. has been added to a lengthy, impressive guest list for the weekend of Oct. 20.

Other recruits visiting that weekend are center Mercedes Russell, forward Emmonnie Henderson and guards Tyler Scaife and Jordan Reynolds.

There's still a chance guard Linnae Harper, the No. 5-ranked prospect in the class, might visit that weekend, too. She's expected to visit this fall but a date hasn't been finalized.

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Theo writes:

Looks like Kyra is starting to work her magic - great, great kids coming for a visit. Go Lady Vols - the future looks bright (and fast)!
BTW hoping for a speedy recovery for Jannah. We are all looking forward to seeing you in Orange next year.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

I have always been a positive thinking but realistic person but I think the magic is not when these girls make official visits but when they sign on the dotted line. Here's hoping we get a few of them. GO LADY VOLS !!!

CaliVOL2 writes:

Kendall, hope you become a lady vol!!!!

Volinflan writes:

I wonder when some of these girls are gonna jump the gun to get a seat on the bus. There is a lot of really good players in this group of recruits and not all of them are gonna get their pick. For sure players like Russell will have a reserved seat on most "Big-Time Team Buses" but some of those scholarship limits are filling up. (i.e. North Carolina seems to be maxed out and Notre Dame already has 3 commits.)

There are a lot of good recruits coming in on the weekend of the 20th. I hope a lot of them make up their minds while in the wonderful environs of Knoxville. Sounds like Cooper and Coates are similar players. So if Cooper goes ahead and commits to Tenn would they still want Coates (or vice versa)?

Of course Tennessee is like UConn. They have a whole hand full of Scholarships to offer (6) each. Of course ND does also. Is that normal? Do a lot of the schools carry a roster of 11 or 12?

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Is it just me or does anyone else out there think Kendall has a shocking resemblance to Vick Baugh?

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