Since you arrived late 2021! Let’s look at what happened before you jumped on the Kellie cannot recruit bandwagon….,
Kellie arrived in the summer of 2019 three months to recruit before November signing !
Is this the bad recruiting year you are talking about ?
2019-2020….. when a new coach is hired …. EVERYONE CAN LEAVE THE PROGRAM! But Rennia believed in Kellie and stayed ! Got better under Kellie and was drafted #9 in the WNBA!
Rae Burrell stayed and got better and was drafted #9 in the WNBA!
Convinced Jordan Horston #2 ranked player and Macdonalds AA. And TK the now leading rebounder in Tennessee history ! Both convinced to stay and play for Kellie ! They could have left ! Just Saying
2020-2021 tied for #3 in SEC and recruiting in a WORLD WIDE PANDEMIC with no in person visits ! Is this the year you are talking about ?
2021-2022…. Top fifteen recruiting class…let’s not list them ! finished top #3 SEC and #15 overall. Sweet sixteen and This ended kellie’s third year of coaching.
2022-2023 , they came up with this thing called the PORTAL ! Recruiting just became a different game ! Jillian Hollingshead committed she was #16 overall ranked and a Macdonalds AA ! She said: “I wanted to come to Tennessee but COVID prevented me visiting!” Rickea Jackson, the #3 recruit overall out of high school , a Macdonalds AA , and the leading scorer in the SEC , before entering the portal …. Now this is a player that could have gone anywhere to play but KELLIE RECRUITED HER TO UT !!!!! And don’t forget Justine Pissott #11 and Macdonalds AA . I think you get my message ?
Kellie has been coaching UT FOR 3 years and the first year of recruiting was three months and the second was COVID pandemic, while the third year was a top 15 class… What do you think about this years team ! Every year we get better …. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
P.S. I believe Kellie has three first round draft picks for next years WNBA ! She recruited all three in one way or another! And they all three COULD PLAY ANOTHER YEAR! Just Saying
Perfect! I’ve been wanting to say something like this ever since someone started the ‘this is Kellie’s 4th year and can’t understand why we haven’t gotten higher rated recruits’ blah blah blah. You said it better. People should remember that Kellie’s first 2 recruiting years were basically shot because of the timing of her beginning here, which with the ‘dead recruiting periods’ being enforced, left literally weeks before signing, and then the pandemic restrictions that came with no face to face visits, even no NCAA Tournament. These restrictions didn’t really effect Coaches who had already had years to establish relationships with the players they were recruiting.
Still, we immediately began to win more games. We won against teams we had lost to the year before Kellie came to Coach, and we got a Freshman class last year, who made us all proud. Our Freshmen of last year had to play because of injuries to 4 experienced players, and they stepped in, and did well, and the team made it to the Sweet Sixteen without Horston, Green, Marta, or a fully recovered Rae.
Then Kellie recruited what some say is the top class of players from the portal.
If anyone is doubting what Kellie will accomplish here, I guarantee you it does not include Coaches of other schools. No one will outwork Kellie!
GO LADY VOLS!!!