Jannah Tucker De-commits from Tennessee

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  1. NYCHUSKIES

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    This is pretty shocking considering that UT, in my opinion, is still a great program (and typing this hurts people, I’m a hardcore UConn fan till the end). I do think it probably had to do with playing time, but still. The experience alone to play at UTenn is a great experience for any player. That’s why I love the Uconn system because the players that choose Uconn, regardless of their position, they are willing to fight for minutes, and that’s what makes a good team great. Morgan Tuck could of easily have gone to another top school and be on their starting lineup her freshman year. Instead, she chose to be in a team with Breanna Stewart, Kiah Stokes, and Stephanie Dolson. Now that's what i call a fearless player, to be in a team where you literally have to fight for minutes.
     
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  2. Man-Man

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    Very interesting reading the theories, heres one that you guys haven't thought of, let's say a player (not Jannah) was on an official visit last week and it was said that she would be used out of position, let's say the 4 spot. Let's say she has been understating her size at 6'0 for a couple years because normally 6'2" players are moved closer to the box rather than to the perimeter. Let's imagine that her entire career has been managed maticulously as a peremeter player. Now let's pretend she has a season ending injury and on said visit several other players in the class are being slated at the peremeter and the roster is not looking deep at the post and you have a week to make a decision that goes against your tendency. Maybe a kid or parent would want to look at other options. I also have a theory of what schools that player may be looking at, however it's all theory.
     
  3. sarals24

    sarals24 Lone Starlet

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    I am not getting the idea that she is worried about playing time. She is the top recruit from that class signed with UT! They aren't particularly deep, and I would have to imagine that she would play a lot, and right away. Even if they did sign a couple of other top girls from that class, there would still be tons of playing time available.

    My theory is that she committed too early, on a weekend visit where she had a great time, and once she stepped back and looked at the landscape for the next few years, she saw that Tennessee wasn't where she wanted to be for the next few years.

    I get how Tennessee fans want to spin this in their favor, but I can't see this as anything but a negative for them. Two decommits from the same class, both in the top 10? Yeah, there is literally nothing positive about that.
     
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    I know this was a hypothetical but Jannah was not on an official at TN last weekend because she was recoveryIng from her ACL injury. Maybe that was a sign of bad things to come. She was going to visit in Nov.
     
  5. ericsandiego

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    You guys are forgetting who they had visiting this past weekend - #1 Russell, #2-3 Davis, #8-10 Scaife, and then 2 lower rated recruits... I think it's one of things.

    1. She just felt it wasn't right for her after letting everything settle and changed her mind, much like other recruits have often done
    2. She feels Tennessee isn't going to land any of the top kids and didn't want to be part of such a weak class
    3. She felt Tennessee was going to land Russell, Davis, and Scaife and the level of competition was too much for her in her opinion
    4. Something else happened that soured her on Tennessee - something with the AD, coaches, or something
    I suspect it's neither 2 nor 3. If i had to guess, i'd say it's #1.
     
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    doggydaddy Grampysorus Rex

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    Just change it to say that said player was texting with one of the players on said visit.

    Curious...but what is your take on this?

    Any other Tennessee fans care to chime in? Would love to hear your theories.
     
  7. sTu

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    Morgan Tuck could of easily have gone to another top school and be on their starting lineup her freshman year. Instead, she chose to be in a team with Breanna Stewart, Kiah Stokes, and Stephanie Dolson. Now that's what i call a fearless player, to be in a team where you literally have to fight for minutes. [/quote]

    I believe Morgan was the first of her class to verbal 11/17/10. Stewart 1/31/11.
     
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  8. olddog

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    Wow, just about every possible scenario has been covered, from the totally absurd to the most down to earth. After reading them all I'd have to say that most (not all) could be possible. How about this, what if she knows that most of the other top recruits plan on attending somewhere other than TN? Maybe she doesn't want to be the "lone ranger" so to speak and would rather be part of something bigger.
    There, now I think we have every possible theory covered.
     
  9. Rblack335

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    Making a decision of what university to attend is a life changing decision that is made even more complicated for D1 athletes. There are many factors that go into the decision (coaching staff, players, playing time, injuries, facilities, campus, academics, location etc.) This is a teenage girl who made her decision before she was ready. She deserves to weigh her options and look elsewhere. If I am to speculate one thing, I think that her injury has something to do with this decision. ACL tears are serious and a comeback requires a lot of work. If in terms of fear of losing playing time, she may not have a lot of confidence at the moment. However, looking at Doty, anything is possible. Also, if the TN program showed little interest in the injury, while Tuck is mentoring her, that can have a huge impact on an emotionally unstable player.

    There are so many factors that led to this decision, and I'm sure this was not an easy thing to do, especially in the eye of the WCBB media world. Tucker will end up where she wants to be and where she is meant to be and hopefully she succeeds there.

    I wouldn't mind if that place were Storrs.
     
  10. Wonkster

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    I can find little evidence for jumping to this conclusion. Like, have you his credit card statements, dude?
     
  11. UConnChapette

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    This is a huge decision for these kids. So many people to satisfy - coaches, parents, friends. It can't help to know that the fan bases of a number of programs watch their every move, follow their tweets, psychoanalyze their every comment and action. These are teenagers, torn in many different directions, and what seems like the right decision one minute can seem overwhelmingly wrong the next. For whatever reason, she is rethinking her decision. I hope she can find the place that will be right for her.
     
  12. Kevin G

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    I find it hard to believe that the #8 player in any class decommitted because they were afraid to compete. It has to be the mess that cannot be covered in Knoxville....the coaching staff
     
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    Remember that little point that disturbed me, that Pat was going to attend all practices, maybe the shine is off that system.
     
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    doggydaddy Grampysorus Rex

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    If he was talking about Stray Cat, it's clear that poster has access to The Summitt.
     
  15. winlots

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    MSF: certainly understand your comment. At the same time, I have this persistent feeling that it MIGHT turn out to be good news in Storrs. :) We'll see.
     
  16. Tonyc

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    There have been problems at Tenn for a long time. Ive mentioned it. This is one more. We will find out as I dont think this one will be covered up. Why is JT leaving? I dont know...yet. Youve all mentioned great reasons why but we dont know. Its most likely a combination of alot of things. LOL I gotta wonder is shes looking at UConn. WOW would that blow to top off Rocky Top. We need to sit and wait and it will leak out sooner then later.
     
  17. Bestiarius

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    This one makes sense to me. Tucker stated that she was committing because (in part) that she was interested in rebuilding the program. Perhaps she felt her early commitment would encourage other top players to follow suit. If all of last week's visitors had bad things to say after their visit, and will be going elsewhere, there would be little chance of rebuilding on the horizon. Add to that TN being picked 4th in their conference, not being coached by Pat, management's gutting of the women's programs, the law suits, and finally the 44-13 football loss to Alabama. Could cause a recruit to be a mite discouraged about her future.
     
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  18. easttexastrash

    easttexastrash Stay Classy!

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    Should be interesting to see which universities pursue her or if she is the one doing the pursuing. I am guessing that if she decommitted from Tennessee that she already has a very short list of who she has signed with.

    How far into the process was UCONN on her list? UCONN if, if not soured on her, would certainly have room for her, especially if she is looking to play on the perimeter.
     
  19. easttexastrash

    easttexastrash Stay Classy!

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    I truly don't see how a group of young, impressionable girls would go to Tennessee and get a really bad impression. It is still a top-notch program and has a lot to offer to a player. The fanbase is incredibly devoted and the facilities are great. Unless Holly really bombed I just can't imagine these girls clustering together and ragging on the program.
     
  20. ericsandiego

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    I thought she and UCONN parted ways just before she made her final list. on the surface, her most likely destintion seems like it would be Penn State or West Virginia (villanova and UVA made her final 4, but i'm not sure sure if UVA is doing much recruiting wise)...
     
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