Mississippi State transfer Rickea Jackson is headed to Tennessee to join the Lady Vols.
The 6-foot-2 forward, who was the leading scorer in the SEC when she entered the transfer portal in January, made the announcement Thursday on her Twitter account.
I’m hereee🍊 pic.twitter.com/A7LEDTaPxL— RJ👑 (@iamthathooper) March 24, 2022
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A 2019 McDonald’s All-American, Jackson led the Bulldogs in scoring as a freshman (16.5 points per game) and a sophomore (14.9 ppg). This season, she averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks through 15 games before making the decision to transfer.
“She just wants out for mental health reasons,” her mother Caryn Jackson said in a text message to the Clarion Ledger at the time.
Jackson played her first three collegiate seasons at Mississippi State under three different head coaches.
Vic Shaefer left for Texas after Jackson’s freshman season. Then his replacement Nikki McCray-Penson for her sophomore season stepped down last October due to health concerns. The Bulldogs were led by interim coach Doug Novak this season and earlier this month hired Louisville assistant Sam Purcell as the new head coach.
In the last month, Jackson visited Texas and LSU in addition to Tennessee, but the Volunteers won her over. Her announcement comes as the Lady Vols prepare for their first Sweet 16 since 2016; No. 4 seed Tennessee will face No. 1 Louisville at 4 p.m. ET Saturday.