Lady Vol Guard Transferring Due to “My Actions and Decisions”

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    (Photo via Tennessee Athletics)

    A Lady Vol guard has announced that they are leaving the program for a second consecutive day.

    “Due to my actions and decisions and the coaches, it has been best for me to part ways from the University of Tennessee and figure out what is best for Zaay Green,” sophomore guard Zaay Green wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday afternoon. “I would like to thank the fans and everyone else who has supported me through this journey the past two years. I’m very grateful for the memories.

    “I appreciate you all who has help me and been there for me from the beginning, but during this time I ask that you all respect my privacy as I go through this tough part of my life. Just know my journey does not end here. No. 14 out.”

    Shortly after announcing her intentions of parting from the program, Mike Wilson of the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Green is scheduled for a May 4th misdemeanor citation booking on a charge for simple possession/casual exchange of a controlled substance.

    Fellow sophomore guard Jazmine Massengill entered the NCAA Transfer Portal on Tuesday afternoon. Green and Massengill were expected to play key roles in Tennessee’s front court next season. Massengill was a full-time starter for the Lady Vols this past season.

    Green played in two games this season before suffering a torn ACL in practice that caused her to miss the remainder of the season.

    As a freshman in 2018-19, Green played in 32 games and started 24 contests. She averaged 9.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 39.3 percent from the field and 21.8 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Duncanville, Texas native was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team following her debut season.

    In her two games this season, Green played 47 combined minutes and totaled 26 points, nine rebounds, and four assists while shooting 40.7 percent overall.

    Green signed with Tennessee as the No. 10 overall player in the country and the No. 2 guard in the HoopGurlz ESPNW top 100. She was ranked No. 23 overall and the No. 3 guard in the 2018 class in Prospectsnation.com’s Elite 150. Green was a McDonald’s All-American.

    The Lady Vols went 21-10 and 10-6 in SEC play in Harper’s first season as head coach. Tennessee was likely set to make the NCAA Tournament before the remainder of the season was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.