It looks like the Oregon Trail leads to Knoxville.
Portland's Jaime Nared has followed in the footsteps of AAU teammates Mercedes Russell and Jordan Reynolds and is headed east to play for the Tennessee Lady Vols, she announced Tuesday after an official visit to Knoxville this past weekend. The 6-1 wing, who is ranked No. 9 in the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50, chose the Vols over Louisville, Ohio State and UCLA.
Nared, who has won back-to-back Metro League MVP honors, averaged 23.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game last season as a junior for Westview High School.
Nared first caught the national spotlight as an sixth grader when a recreation league in Beaverton refused to let her play on a boys' team. The incident spawned national attention, including a New York Times article, an interview on Good Morning America and an appearance in a Lebron James Nike commercial.
Nared joins a solid Tennessee 2014 recruiting class that includes No. 32 Alexa Middleton, a 5-8 point guard for Riverdale High School in Tennessee, and Kourtney Dunbar, a 6-1 small forward for Edwardsville High School in Illinois.
In other recruiting news, No. 22 Alyssa Rice made her decision picking Kentucky over Virginia, but also had offers from Maryland and Ohio State. The 6-3 center averaged 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and four blocks a game while shooting 65 percent from the field this season for Reynoldsburg High School in Ohio. Rice, the highest ranked recuit landed by the Wildcats so far this year, joins top 100 recruit Alexis Jennings, a 6-2 center from Madison Alabama.
Meanwhile, Baylor picked up a quality recruit in No. 45 ranked Dekeiya Cohen, who chose the Bears over South Carolina, Notre Dame and Louisville. Cohen, a 6-2 forward from Charleston, SC made the announcement on twitter saying, "I decided to commit to Baylor University! #LadyBears #GoBaylor". Cohen averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocks per game for West Ashley High School.
- No. 8 Gabby Green chooses the Golden Bears
- No. 6 Vivians stays close to home, commits to Mississippi State