Lone Star State's Top 2018 Prospect Has A Change of Heart, Chooses Tennessee
Duncanville Star Zarielle 'Zay' Green Changes Recent Kansas Commitment, Chooses Tennessee
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Just a few short weeks ago, Zarielle Green, the No. 13 senior prospect in the nation, verbally committed to Kansas along with Duncanville teammates Starr Jacobs and Aniya Thomas. After a change of heart inspired by a weekend recruiting trip to Knoxville , the top prep player in Texas announced her committment to Tennessee. "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 was "wowed" by Head Coach Holly Warlick and staff. "I fell in love with Tennessee. I really feel like this is my type of school." Green brings size, versatility, and scoring to the Tennessee backcourt. She also brings a winning mentality. A proven winner and leader, Green earned Texas Player of the Year honors last season averaging 17.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per-game and led perennial national powerhouse Duncanville to state titles as a sophomore and a junior. Green will be chasing a 3-peat her senior season. Along with Green, Tennessee has commitments from guard Jazmine Massengill (ESPN No. 26) and post Amira Collins (ESPN No.76) Early signing period begins Nov. 8.
Zarielle Green Player Evaluations
Nike Nationals-July 2017: Athletic big-guard with a scorer's mentality; consistently delivers off the dribble, drives, finds the charity stripe; mid-range game creator; aggressive defender, disruptor; makes plays on both ends of the floor; an elite guard in the class of 2018. (Olson) DFW Marchfest-March 2017: Athletic off-guard brings versatility to the back court; mid-range game producer extends to the arc; rebounds, defends, shot-maker; a dominant guard on both ends of the floor. (Olson) UIL Texas State Tournament-March 2016: Athletic big-guard with a scoring punch; superb off the dribble with body control to rim, finishes plays in traffic; offensive game extends to the arc with consistency; brilliant in transition game; continues to improve, staking claim as one of the elite guards in 2018. (Olson) John Lucas 40/40-September 2015: Athletic off-guard brings size to the back court; manufactures, elevates in mid-range game to the arc; anticipates, defends in pressure, converts off turnovers; emerging as an elite guard in the class of 2018. (Olson) USA U16 Trials-May 2015: Athletic and versatile combo-guard manufactures in mid-range game to the arc; uptempo producer, defends and converts in pressure; improved ball handling skills is key to further next level development. (Olson) Nike Nationals-July 2014: Superior size in the back court, brings a scorer's mentality; quick first-step dribble-drive attack finds rim, finishes in traffic; manufactures in mid-range game; developing deep-threat consistency; big guard with off-the-charts potential. (Olson)