Saunders First Lady Vol In 2019

Saunders First Lady Vol In 2019
Emily Saunders

The Tennessee Lady Vols have their first commitment in the 2019 with the verbal pledge of Emily Saunders of Mullens, West Virginia.  The 6-foot-4 post is ranked in the ELITE 100 in her class and is the 20th best post in the class heading into the spring.

“Saunders has the qualities that coaches covet out of the modern post player,” Jonathan Hemingway, assistant director of scouting, said.  “She has size, range to the 3-point arc and the ability to alter shots defensively.”

Tennessee will see the departure of three frontcourt players from this year’s roster before Saunders hits campus – redshirt senior Mercedes Russell, a 6-6 post, redshirt junior Cheridene Green, a 6-3 forward and senior Kortney Dunbar, a 6-2 forward.  She will add a different type of weapon for head coach Holly Warlick than current freshman Kasiyahna Kushkituah, a traditional back to the basket post and 2018 signee Amira Collins, a 6-3 physical power forward. 

Look for Tennessee to be very active in the 2019 class with ample scholarships available.

Chris Hansen is managing editor of and serves on the McDonald’s All-American and Naismith Trophy selection committees.  He was a co-founder of and the national director of scouting for ESPN HoopGurlz from 2005 until 2012 and is the director of the Check Me Out Showcase.  He can be reached at

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