August 3, 2020
Tennessee Lady Vols Continue Building Roster
Jordan Walker adds depth in numbers Tennessee hasn't enjoyed for a decade
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(Via Tennessee Athletics)
In only her second year as head coach, Kelli Harper and the University of Tennessee women’s basketball program are compiling quite the roster.
Most recently, graduate transfer Jordan Walker signed an athletics scholarship and an SEC Grant-In-Aid agreement to join the Lady Vol program for the 2020-21 season, the school announced in a release.
Walker, a 5’8 guard, comes to Knoxville from Western Michigan University, where she was her team’s leading scorer last season. She will be a redshirt junior and have two years of eligibility after taking only three years to complete her undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in communications in 2020.
“Jordan brings experience at the guard position and provides us much-needed depth on the perimeter,” Harper said in a team release. “She is a terrific addition to the rest of our roster, as she can knock down the open shot, create off the bounce and distribute the ball. I was impressed with her level of maturity, and I am excited for her to be a part of our family.”
With the signing of Walker, the Lady Vols have four incoming graduate transfers — the most in Lady Vol history — and the second committing to UT since Harper became head coach.
She joins fellow 2020 graduate transfer Keyen Green, a 6-1 All-ASUN forward/center who joined the program from Liberty on April 15, Lou Brown from Washington State, who played the 2019-20 season at UT, and Schaquilla Nunn, who joined the Lady Vols from Winthrop for the 2016-17 season.
The Lady Vols are also adding three freshmen to this season’s roster including 6’ guard Destiny Salary (four-star prospect, #57 by espnW HoopGurlz); 6’1 guard/forward Tess Darby( Tess Darby (#86 by Blue Star Media, four-star prospect by ProspectsNation.com, three-star prospect by espnW HoopGurlz) and 6’2 guard/forward Marta Suárez (a four-star prospect by Blue Star Europe).
Tennessee now has five new players for the 2020-21 season and a 13 active players, total, which is the largest squad since a team of 13 in 2010-11.
A native of Muskegon, Michigan, and a product of Mona Shores High School, Walker earned All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) Third Team accolades in 2019-20 for the Broncos after averaging 16.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 39 percent on field goals and 32 percent on three-pointers. She led WMU in minutes played (1,007), scoring (495 points), field goals made (185), three-point field goals made (66) and steals (65), and was second in rebounds (191) and third in free throws made (59) and assists (76).
That season point total ranks No. 9 all-time at Western Michigan, while she stands 11th in three pointers made. She finished fourth in the MAC in steals (65), sixth in steals per game (2.1) and three-pointers made (66), and ninth in points per game (16.0) and three-pointers made per game (2.1).