Offer from Lady Vols 'a big honor' for Riverdale's Alexa Middleton

MURFREESBORO — Tennessee women’s basketball coach Holly Warlick attended the Class AAA state quarterfinal Wednesday morning between Riverdale and Brentwood at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center.

Riverdale junior Alexa Middleton, a 5-foot-9 combo guard, is a targeted recruit of Tennessee’s.

The Lady Vols offered a scholarship to the Class AAA Miss Basketball finalist from Murfreesboro in late January.

She visited Tennessee’s campus Jan. 28 and watched the Lady Vols play Notre Dame.

“It was a big honor,” Middleton said of the offer. “I was really excited. Honestly, it was exciting to be offered by them because of where they’ve been.”

Middleton is among the top 25 players in the nation in the 2014 recruiting class, according to ESPN.

She had 13 points, nine assists and five steals in the 83-37 win Wednesday over Brentwood — the 56th consecutive opponent defeated by ESPN’s No. 1-ranked Riverdale (33-0).

Middleton scored 27 in a state sectional win Friday.

Her list of scholarship offers also includes Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Auburn, Rutgers and N.C. State.

Middleton said she “really looked up to Tennessee women’s basketball” growing up and called it “a great program, especially with Pat Summitt being the pioneer she was for women’s basketball.”

Middleton will start to narrow her list of schools after the season ends.

“I try not to get myself too worked up over it,” she said of the recruiting process. “I know I’m going to have time to decide where I want to go.”

Middleton is one of five 1,000-point scorers on Riverdale’s roster and one of four this season who are averaging more than 13 points per game.

Riverdale plays again Friday against Memphis Central (26-5), which eliminated Bearden from the state tournament on Wednesday, 62-43.

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allvol9 writes:

Really hope she commits to Tennessee. Tons of talent...we need to keep her instate!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Ms. Middleton:
Straight from the horse.

My daughter was being recruited by some high-end D1 schools. Not of UT's caliber, but, say, Vandy-ish types.

Long-story short, she tore an ACL. The calls from the bigs mostly stopped.

Play it how you want. If you like a school a lot, then commit. Rarely will such a school pull the offer once made (bad for their reputation).

I hope you never go through what my kid did, but it's way, way common in the women's game.

jt45 writes:

Hope the LVs gets this one. A real good shooter with good defensive skills.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to jt45:

Hope the LVs gets this one. A real good shooter with good defensive skills.

Glad to hear it; can't have too many of those. For that matter, maybe Holly should tell the Riverdale coach that she has a scholarship for their top player every year. Sounds like they have a real powerhouse program going there.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Glad to hear it; can't have too many of those. For that matter, maybe Holly should tell the Riverdale coach that she has a scholarship for their top player every year. Sounds like they have a real powerhouse program going there.

It's been years and years.....
but Riverdale was, I think a pretty affluent area where parents had time to get the feeder programs up and going. Not sure about Oakland, my memory fades on them (I know they better football than Riverdale for a while).

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Hey Lady Vol fans, if your checking on our recent signees you'll be interested to know that both girls from Oregon are playing for state championships today. Reynolds in class 6A thru 4 games in tournament play is averaging 19 points a game. Russell in class 5A thru 3 games is averaging 27 points a game. Her semi finals game stats was 32 points, 14 rebounds and 12 blocks. Remember, HELP IS ON THE WAY !!!!!!

PeytonWM18 writes:

Alexa has nice range on her shot, and she's focused and talented on defense. She would be a nice complement to both point and shooting guard. Stay home, Alexa, and become a Lady Vol.

I can't wait to see both Russell and Reynolds in the Orange and LV Blue next year, along with Tucker. Help definitely is on the way!

Go Lady Vols!

BolivrBob writes:

We will never be " Elite" again as long as Holly is coach. Bring Nikki home before it's too late.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to BolivrBob:

We will never be " Elite" again as long as Holly is coach. Bring Nikki home before it's too late.

I like Nikki as well....
But think Holly goes for about 5-6 years.

At that point, the job will then go to a Caldwell or T. Summitt if he's made it.

Obviously someone else could step up.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Next season the odds-on NC favorite will be UConn. Just behind them will be Dook.

The tier just behind those two will be ND, UT, Maryland, Stanford, A&M, and Baylor.

Unlike this season, next season will be fun o a national level.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to PeytonWM18:

Alexa has nice range on her shot, and she's focused and talented on defense. She would be a nice complement to both point and shooting guard. Stay home, Alexa, and become a Lady Vol.

I can't wait to see both Russell and Reynolds in the Orange and LV Blue next year, along with Tucker. Help definitely is on the way!

Go Lady Vols!

Sure, would love to see her at UT......
but, my advice stands to HS underclassmen:
don't dick around. Pick and commit if you like the place.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Update on our Oregon signees is bitter sweet. Russell's team lost 48-41. She had 12 points on only 9 shots. They were double and triple teaming her and her guards were only 5 for 24 from the field. Similar to the strategy used against Stokes. Reynolds team won by 19. She had 15 points with 13 rebounds with 6 assists. Eagerly looking forward to seeing next years team.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Good stuff . Can't wait to see our Vols next year but next year's competition will be stiff nationally. We will dominate the SEC but will have our work cut out for us if we are to be in the top 5 and get to the Final four. The game to watch next year is UT/UNC should be a dandy. Our coaches has to make some major changes in our half court game to be successful. We can't believe that talent alone will win a championship anymore.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Good stuff . Can't wait to see our Vols next year but next year's competition will be stiff nationally. We will dominate the SEC but will have our work cut out for us if we are to be in the top 5 and get to the Final four. The game to watch next year is UT/UNC should be a dandy. Our coaches has to make some major changes in our half court game to be successful. We can't believe that talent alone will win a championship anymore.

@max

Respectfully, next year offers the "normal" team the best chance to win in ages. No Diggins with her "pocket referee", no Griner with her amazing athleticism....

Only UConn, with Duke a close second. Either can be beaten with a solid game.

I don't think UT will change much offensively. They kind of count on crashing the boards and out-hustling other teams to win.

Like you, though, I'd sure love to see them run more productive set offenses.

chsdrop writes:

Hate to admitt it but she problaly headed to Kentucky. Lifelong fan.

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