Former Mississippi State basketball forward Rickea Jackson moves to Tennessee Lady Vols

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After a season full of adversity in Knoxville, things are looking up for the Tennessee Lady Vols.

Six-foot-two forward Rickea Jackson announced Thursday that she has committed to Tennessee basketball after spending the past three seasons at Mississippi State.

Jackson, a second-team All-SEC freshman, was the league’s leading scorer, averaging 20.3 points in 15 games this season when she announced in January that she would be traded from Starkville. . She also averaged 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

Jackson had previously posted on social media that she also considered LSU.

Mississippi State is now on its fourth head coach since Jackson arrived on campus. She played under Vic Schaefer as a rookie before he left for Texas, followed by Nikki McCray-Penson, before resigning due to health issues and interim head coach Doug Novak took over. Sam Purcell, a former longtime assistant at Louisville, was announced as Mississippi State’s new head coach earlier this month.

With Rae Burrell set to leave for the WNBA and Alexus Dye and Keyen Green not eligible, the Lady Vols will bring back leading scorer Jordan Horston, who has missed the playoffs so far with an elbow injury, as well as major contributors Tamari Key, Jordan Walker, Tess Darby and Sara Puckett.

In addition to Jackson, the Lady Vols are bringing in Justine Pissott, a 6-foot-2 wing and the No. 11 rookie in the Class of 2022, per ESPN, as well as Jasmine Powell, a transfer from Minnesota. No. 4 Tennessee will face No. 1 Louisville in the Sweet 16 on Saturday.

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