October 21, 2020
Tennessee Lady Vols land top-100 recruit
Justine Pissott set to be first Jersey product to Knoxville in decades
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Kellie Harper’s Class of 2022 is already an exciting one.
Justine Pissott recently announced her commitment to the storied women’s basketball program.
Pissott, a 6’4 wing from Tom Rivers, N.J., is the first recruit in the Class of 2022 for the Lady Vols. Ranked No. 7 at her position by ESPN, Pissott currently attends Red Bank Catholic High, a four-year private coeducational Roman Catholic high school. A great post up player and perimeter shooter, Pissott reportedly had high interest in Tennessee and made an unofficial visit last year to see a Lady Vols game.
The Lady Vol basketball team, led by head coach Kellie Harper, finished last season 10-6. Harper — one of of only 11 women’s basketball head coaches to lead three different schools to the NCAA Tournament — begins year two as head coach.
Coach Harper was a point guard for the legendary Pat Summitt at UT from 1995-99, playing 132 games and leading the Lady Vols to NCAA National Championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
The 2020-21 Lady Vols will feature senior All-American candidate Rennia Davis. Last year Davis, an All-America honorable mention selection, averaged 18.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 80.2 percent from the free throw line.
She was first on the team in scoring, rebounding, free throws made (89) and three-pointers made (34), second in steals (28) and third in assists (74). Her season scoring and rebound averages rank sixth and seventh, respectively, among all-time juniors at Tennessee and her scoring average was the best by a Lady Vol since Candace Parker averaged 21.3 in 2008.