Tamari Key to return for Lady Vols next season

Tennessee center Tamari Key will return next season.

Key announced Monday she will return for the 2023-24 campaign after having her senior year prematurely end when blood clots were discovered in her lungs in December.

She averaged 8.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and and 2.0 blocks per game before her season-ending diagnosis.

The preseason first-team All-SEC selection has an additional year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic, which halted the 2019-20 campaign.

Key has appeared in 99 games during her career with the Lady Vols, including 93 starts.

She had her best season as a junior in 2021-22, averaging 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

Key recorded a single-season record 119 blocks last year.

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Story originally appeared on Vols Wire