Lady Vols sign guard who committed before coaching change

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FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Missouri State head coach Kellie Harper smiles as he directs her team during the second half of a regional semifinal game against the Stanford in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, in Chicago. New Tennessee coach Kellie Harper played for the Lady Vols when they were regularly winning national champions. She now takes over a Tennessee program thats in a much different place, as it hasnt even reached the Sweet 16 over the last three years. Tennessee is banking on the former Missouri State coach to get this storied program back to national prominence. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Lady Vols sign guard who committed before coaching change

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Missouri State head coach Kellie Harper smiles as he directs her team during the second half of a regional semifinal game against the Stanford in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, in Chicago. New Tennessee coach Kellie Harper played for the Lady Vols when they were regularly winning national champions. She now takes over a Tennessee program thats in a much different place, as it hasnt even reached the Sweet 16 over the last three years. Tennessee is banking on the former Missouri State coach to get this storied program back to national prominence. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Australian guard Jessie Rennie has become the first player to sign with Tennessee since Kellie Harper took over as coach of the Lady Vols.

Tennessee announced the signing of Rennie on Thursday.

Rennie, a 5-foot-6 guard from Kangaroo Flat in Victoria, Australia, verbally committed to Tennessee last month when Holly Warlick was still coaching the Lady Vols. She stuck to that verbal commitment and signed with Tennessee after Warlick was fired and Harper was hired.

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Rennie, regarded as a quality 3-point shooter, missed her 2018 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament but has since recovered. She has Type I diabetes.

Rennie joins a recruiting class that also includes guard Jordan Horston, center Tamari Key and forward/center Emily Saunders. Horston, Key and Saunders all signed with Tennessee in November. Horston was the most valuable player in last month's McDonald's All American Game.

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