Guard Alexa Middleton commits to Lady Vols

MURFREESBORO - Riverdale rising senior Alexa Middleton went with her heart.

And that kept her coming back to the University of Tennessee.

The Lady Warrior 5-foot-9 guard committed Sunday night to Tennessee, picking the Lady Vols over Ole Miss.

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Peoplecallmestag writes:

It's always nice to have the in-state talent stay in state. Congratulations on your decision, Alexa, and best of luck in your upcoming senior year and college career.

volfan2002 writes:

She is a player that does it all glad she is a Lady Vol.

SummittsCourt writes:

Awesome news this morning. Welcome aboard!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Woo Hoo!!

WCBB_FAN writes:

Congratulations Alexa!!!!!!!

So happy you chose to wear orange!

WCBB_FAN writes:

Just read an article about Jay Z's agency bought Skylar Diggins a mercedes for graduation. She put Norte Dame back on the map and never won a championship, but her basketball skills and looks paid off after all. Must be nice.

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

Congratulations! Right Decision! Great to have you as a Lady Vol!!!!

volforeverandever writes:

in response to cdtnladyvols931#663910:

Congratulations! Right Decision! Great to have you as a Lady Vol!!!!

I have watched this young lady play several times and she brought her A game every time I saw her play.She is fun to watch.When recruiting started she was one that I thought would be a great get.Glad it happened.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Great pick up. From the read of her HoopGurlz profile she seems to have great handles and a natural feel for the PG position to +1 for the Vols.

butch31 writes:

I haven't seen her pay yet, but if she's being recruited by the lady vols, she must be good! I hope Alexa, lives up to that billing.

vol4life1983 writes:

congrats on the pick up lady vols but I still hope we get Kelsey Mitchell as well

BxVol writes:

Alexa, Wishing you all the best, and hoping that you will love your U.T. experience as much as I did.

kazoo writes:

She seems talented--but how athletic is she? We've had troubles with recruits (shooting guards, specifically) who were heady players and good shooters in high school but not athletic enough to play at the highest level in college.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to vol4life1983:

congrats on the pick up lady vols but I still hope we get Kelsey Mitchell as well

Living near Cincinnati 6 months and Knoxville for 6 months, I haven't heard anything that says Mitchell is even considering Tennessee. I am just thrilled that we can keep elite Tennessee players in state. That speaks volumns about this staff's ability to recruit. November can't get here soon enough for me.

VFL70 writes:

Don't know much about her game; her stats don't suggest she is a game changer, but she might be the glue this team could use.

HanQ7 writes:

http://www.fullcourt.com/tags/kelsey-...

According to this article; Mitchell is considering Big Orange... for those that care!

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to vol4life1983:

congrats on the pick up lady vols but I still hope we get Kelsey Mitchell as well

Good decision, Alexa. Live your dream.

Kelsey Mitchell is for real. Knoxville is closest to Cincinnati. She'd look good in orange.

madrigal writes:

This is certainly good news. Wonder why it makes me think of Kellie Jolly? There are those who say Middleton is a shooter along the lines of Shanna Zolman......which is certainly NOT a bad thing!

reg_mza#219136 writes:

in response to VFL70:

Don't know much about her game; her stats don't suggest she is a game changer, but she might be the glue this team could use.

Yeah and neither was the then Kelly Jolly but look how that turned out.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to HanQ7:

http://www.fullcourt.com/tags/kelsey-...

According to this article; Mitchell is considering Big Orange... for those that care!

Thanks for the info. Let's hope she has a hankering to play close to home. Tennessee had a few football players several years ago who went to the same high school, Mike Gayles and Jesse Turnbow. There was another but I can't recall his name. It's also the same school that Carmen Electra went to. That's probably TMI....

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor has seen her in summer AAU the last few years. Witch Doctor say she is a natural "point" that Holly needs. good vision and not afraid to scrap for a rebound and she can drive to the new Jefferson city Pals on her way and bring back to the Boro for Witch Doctor!(only 70 miles out of the way..)
Bones never lie.

Volinflan writes:

Great recruiting commitment. It's good to see the local talent join Izzy and Bashara. Ms. Middleton will be a big contribution to the 14-15 team. She'll get her 20 minutes a game her freshman year (I predict!).

Speaking of the 2014-2015 team. The Lady Vols will have JJ, JP, JT and JR. Why not add a JN and a JW.

vol4life1983 writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

Living near Cincinnati 6 months and Knoxville for 6 months, I haven't heard anything that says Mitchell is even considering Tennessee. I am just thrilled that we can keep elite Tennessee players in state. That speaks volumns about this staff's ability to recruit. November can't get here soon enough for me.

that's where we differ because I know for a fact that she has tenn on her mind due to talking with her on twitter. And I know cedes is also putting in a gud word...they seem to have a good connection. she haven't said that UT is at the top but most definitely a consideration. And if you really follow her then you would know that she is a really low key type of player and don't discuss it much to the media. After trying out for the US team and I think it was the U16 team and didn't get picked when according to sources she was one of the best if not the best on the floor she didn't really discuss much with media. She felt like it was all about politics and wanted no parts of it. And by looking at her ranking in my opinion that's clearly the case. I have seen this girl play and I don't see anyone in this 2014 class being better than her and could easily be one or two if she was n the 2013 class.

manniesghost1903 writes:

I have seen Alexa Middleton play in the Regional final and the Girls State Tournament. She is one of the few female basketball players I have seen who can do a reverse lay up in a fluid motion that would rival any high school male basketball player.

Volinflan writes:

And she is correct; it is political. Notice the roster of the U19 team. Jefferson, Stewart and Tuck are from UCONN. Besides their goal of winning a Gold Medal it is to recruit A'ja Wilson. No other school has more than one "recruiter" on the team. Go Geno!!

bburns9700#1417797 writes:

I've seen her play several games and watched several workout sessions. She can shoot lights out every game. Ball handling skills great.
Comparing here to Shanna-pretty close. She is money in the bank on that three point shot.

vol4life1983 writes:

in response to Volinflan:

And she is correct; it is political. Notice the roster of the U19 team. Jefferson, Stewart and Tuck are from UCONN. Besides their goal of winning a Gold Medal it is to recruit A'ja Wilson. No other school has more than one "recruiter" on the team. Go Geno!!

I don't think they have a shot with her but u never know turner is probably there main target with the post players and from my understanding turner is not considering ut at all.

Volinflan writes:

in response to vol4life1983:

I don't think they have a shot with her but u never know turner is probably there main target with the post players and from my understanding turner is not considering ut at all.

I would think that UT isn't concentrating a lot on Post Players. J. White was quoted as saying that if "they" wanted her to play the five she probably wouldn't be going there. As a big forward she would be a great fit to go with Harrison, Moore and Russell. I think part of the UT problem is that there will be 12 girls on the roster for 2014-2015 (counting Middleton). I'm still dreaming of a class of Middleton, White and Nared with that fifteenth scholarship held out for a superstar (meaning of course Mitchell, Wilson, Turner etc.)

vol4life1983 writes:

in response to Volinflan:

I would think that UT isn't concentrating a lot on Post Players. J. White was quoted as saying that if "they" wanted her to play the five she probably wouldn't be going there. As a big forward she would be a great fit to go with Harrison, Moore and Russell. I think part of the UT problem is that there will be 12 girls on the roster for 2014-2015 (counting Middleton). I'm still dreaming of a class of Middleton, White and Nared with that fifteenth scholarship held out for a superstar (meaning of course Mitchell, Wilson, Turner etc.)

Turner has her list and UT is not on it so we probably wont get her and Canada chose ucla(a star as well). That leaves Wilson and MItchell but if we don't get either we still should make a run at cutting down nets the next two seasons if everyone gets better. But Asia Durr would have to be our main target in 2015 if we don't get Mitchell. UT has been missing consistent threats at all three guard spots. They should have it the next two seasons. Though ranked 8th Tucker will be a superstar, reynolds huge off the bench and barring injury Carter will be great at point. Simmons should have a breakout season due to the talent around her. So I think they go with a big that compliment what we already have a superstar guard to replace meighan.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to HanQ7:

http://www.fullcourt.com/tags/kelsey-...

According to this article; Mitchell is considering Big Orange... for those that care!

I Care. She is a five star and 4th rated player in the class of 2014. She would be a great addition too the team.

vol4life1983 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

I Care. She is a five star and 4th rated player in the class of 2014. She would be a great addition too the team.

her an Canada can easily go 1 and 2 in this class Wilson is ranked so high cause of her skills but mainly her height with it. and Mitchell ranked 4thbcause she don't play on the any of he us summer teams. Just don't think Wilson is as athletic as a parker, stewart or elena. That being said wud still love to have her.

kazoo writes:

in response to bburns9700#1417797:

I've seen her play several games and watched several workout sessions. She can shoot lights out every game. Ball handling skills great.
Comparing here to Shanna-pretty close. She is money in the bank on that three point shot.

Are you saying she's like Zolman? That would be a disaster. The only thing she could do was shoot uncontested 3s. Sorry to be critical, but in every other aspect of the game, and there are many, she was pretty bad.

tovolny writes:

THANKS...take the LadyVols to the top.

Mama_Also_Calls_Me_Precious writes:

this is a great start to a hopefully great 2014 class. if we can land a couple five stars (Mitchell, white, nared, or hart) and add a couple really talented four stars, then wow that would be a great follow up class to go with 2013. With the addition of carter, Reynolds and tucker, holly seems to be addressing our teams serious need for good defensive players!!

kazoo writes:

Warlick MUST start recruiting great guards--and not just one but multiple, talented guards. This is a big reason why we've fallen--guard play has not been good enough.

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