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.