Jaime Nared chooses Tennessee
Jaime Nared said she has known "Rocky Top," the University of Tennessee's unofficial fight song, "forever."
But now it will have special meaning for the 6-foot-1 senior wing from Westview (Portland, Ore.), who on Tuesday said she had given a verbal commitment to play basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers.
Nared, who turned 18 on Sept. 14, also had Louisville, UCLA and Ohio State among her finalists.
She visited the Knoxville campus this past weekend and came away impressed.
"Tennessee has always been my dream school," said Nared, the No. 5 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2014 class. "Going there just confirmed it."
Nared, who wants to major in sports broadcasting, said she loved how the Tennessee coaches "teach practice" and felt the Vols' program would do the best job of preparing her for a potential pro career.
Nared averaged 23.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game last season as a junior, and won Metro League MVP honors for the second straight year.
Nared's decision to play at Tennessee means she will join two of her best friends -- Mercedes Russell and Jordan Reynolds. Russell and Reynolds were part of this past year's stellar class of Oregon players.
Besides Nared, coach Holly Warlick's 2014 class at Tennessee will include 5-8 guard Alexa Middleton of Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), the No. 28 prospect in the Top 100, and 6-1 wing Kortney Dunbar of Edwardsville (Ill.), the No. 79 prospect.