KNOXVILLE – After a week of attrition, Tennessee reversed course and added a player to its women’s basketball roster for next season.
Keyen Green, a 6-foot-1 post player from Liberty University, has committed to the Lady Vols and will join them for next season as a graduate transfer. She announced her decision with a post on Instagram
Green, who’s from Philadelphia, averaged 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season for the Flames, who went 20-11 and shared the Atlantic Sun championship with Florida Gulf Coast. The conference tournament championship game was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.
UT guards Jazmine Massengill and Zaay Green used social media last week to say that they were departing. Massengill, who’s from Chattanooga, said that she was entering the transfer portal. Green, meanwhile, said that she was leaving the program.
Keyen Green, who missed the 2017-18 season after undergoing ankle surgery, shot 59 percent from the floor last season, which ranked No. 11 nationally. The achievement mirrored her sophomore season, when she was named conference player of the year when Liberty played in the Big South.
For her career at Liberty, Green scored 1,215 points and gathered 673 rebounds. She had 17 double-doubles for points and rebounds and scored 20-or-more points 13 times.
Green and Liberty played Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in the first round of the 2018 NCAA tournament. She scored 10 points and made all four of her field goal attempts. But she was limited by foul trouble to 19 playing minutes in the Lady Vols’ 100-60 victory.
Tennessee added a graduate transfer from a Big South school in 2016 when Schaquilla Nunn came from Winthrop to join the Lady Vols. The 6-3 center backed up starter Mercedes Russell, averaging 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
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Dan Fleser is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri, who covered University of Tennessee athletics from 1988-2019. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.