NCAA Takeaways: New Year

NCAA Takeaways: New Year
Lauren Cox


As we roll into the heart of conference season, here are three things I took away from the action:


1: Georgia Tech is poised for a potential postseason berth.

There was a lot of mystery about this Yellow Jacket team going into the season. Nell Fortner took over the head coaching position in the spring. Two of their most talented players transferred to an ACC rival. All the Jackets have done since then is win. Led by five players averaging double digits, Fortner’s team has done it by committee. They’ve gone on the road and beaten Florida State and Syracuse in the past week. With a 14-3 record, the Jackets are knocking on the door of the postseason.


2: After beating UConn on the road, Baylor is the real deal.

Baylor started the season with potential Top Three WNBA Draft Pick, Lauren Cox, sidelined with an injury. The good news in Waco is she’s back alongside Te’a Cooper. Together, the give the Bears arguably the nation’s premier point-post combo. Cooper did her part to make that statement true giving Kim Mulkey’s team 27 points and six rebounds in a win over UConn. Sitting at 14-1, the defending national champions are on pace to make it to the Final Four yet again. Add in the stellar play of NaLyssa Smith in the frontcourt and another trophy is not out of the question.


3: Tennessee is not playing around.

The Lady Vols are back inside the Top 25 and look to make a run back into the postseason where we’ve been so accustomed to seeing them over the years. Kellie Harper’s group is 14-3 with a trip to Storrs next week for a nationally televised game against the Huskies. Rennia Davis is on my midseason Naismith Watch ballot for good reason. She’s leading the way averaging 17.4 points, 8.3 rebounds a game.

Brandon Clay serves as the Director of Scouting for and owns The Evaluation Report, which is read by more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide. He also serves as the Executive Skills Director for the Brandon Clay Scouting Academy Series.


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