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.