Zarielle Green changes course, commits to Tennessee
Earlier this fall, Zarielle Green, the No. 13 senior prospect in the nation, committed to Kansas. Today, the 6-foot shooting guard at Duncanville (Texas) is committed to Tennessee.
Green, who gave a verbal commitment to Kansas along with high school teammates Starr Jacobs and Aniya Thomas during a trip to Lawrence, said she started second-guessing herself about committing to the Jayhawks before she visited the Lady Vols. So she took a trip to Knoxville over the weekend, and liked what she found.
"I felt that I just had to go see if I made the right choice or not," she said.
Green attended a Tennessee practice and said she was "wowed" by coach Holly Warlick.
"I felt the school was calling my name," Green said. "I knew this is the one."
The ultra-athletic Green brings size and scoring punch to the Tennessee backcourt. She also brings a winning mentality. Year in and year out, Duncanville is one of the top teams in the nation. Green helped lead Duncanville to state titles as a sophomore and a junior. She'll be going for three straight in March.
Jacobs, a 6-foot wing, also has changed her mind and has said she'll sign with Houston. Thomas, a 5-7 guard, remains committed to Kansas.
In addition to Green, Tennessee has commitments from No. 26 Jazmine Massengill, who is a 6-foot point guard, and No. 69 Amira Collins, a 6-3 post player. Tennessee landed the top class in the country a year ago.
"I fell in love with Tennessee," Green said. "I really feel this is my type of school."
The early signing period opens Nov. 8. Three top-20 prospects remain undeclared: No. 1 Christyn Williams, No. 5 Olivia Nelson-Ododa and No. 15 Queen Egbo, who is scheduled to announce her decision on Tuesday.