Tennessee will be missing a women’s basketball freshman for next season.
Jannah Tucker won’t be enrolling at UT due to personal reasons, Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick announced in a school release Saturday night. Warlick was traveling late Saturday night and couldn’t be reached for further comment.
Tucker, a 6-foot guard from Randallstown, Md., was expected to begin the second session of summer school on Monday along with freshmen Mercedes Russell and Jordan Reynolds, who have arrived in Knoxville.
Lady Vols assistant coach Dean Lockwood, who recruited Tucker, was at a loss to explain Tucker’s about-face. He said Tucker had been in communication with fellow assistants Kyra Elzy and Jolette Law within the last three weeks about attending summer school.
“I have no answer for her thought process and the turn of events,” Lockwood said late Saturday.
Tucker verbally committed to Tennessee in June of 2012 but reopened her commitment for a brief period during the fall. She eventually signed a letter of intent with UT during the fall signing period. Lockwood is unaware if another school is under consideration by Tucker.
“There’s been no mention of any other schools,” Lockwood said.
Tucker was ranked No. 8 in the 2013 recruiting class by ESPN. She averaged nearly 30 points per game as a junior at New Town High. She missed her senior season because of a knee injury.
Tucker’s decision reduces UT’s ranks to 10 players for next season. Guard Jasmine Phillips decided to leave after the spring semester in search of more playing time at another school.