(Youth Sports) Te’a Cooper has won two state titles in high school, will be looking to claim national titles in Knoxville. Te’a Cooper, who’s a 5-foot-8 PG at McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Georgia) and the No. 12 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2015 class, gave a verbal commitment to the Tennessee Lady Volunteers on Thursday night.
“I loved my experience when I visited there,” Cooper said in a phone interview. “I like the coaching staff and the traditions.”
Cooper who had previously committed to North Carolina back when she was in eighth grade, reopened her recruitment in September where she named 10 finalists, including Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisville, Duke and Notre Dame.
Cooper averaged 19.6 points per game last season as a junior and led McEachern to a Georgia state title (her second), is the second player from the 2015 class to commit to Tennessee.
Cooper’s longtime friend and AAU teammate, Diamond DeShields, attended Cooper’s announcement ceremony. DeShields, the espnW freshman of the year this past season who led North Carolina to the Elite Eight, was granted an unconditional release by the Tar Heels in April. She has yet to announce where she will be transferring.
DeShields, who grew up in the Atlanta area with Cooper, has spoken publicly about her admiration for the latest Lady Vol.
“I’ve learned a lot about working hard from watching her and she’s younger than I am,” DeShields said last summer. “I’ve seen her work out four times a day. She’s helped me develop mental strength and helped me push through things.”