Lady Vols: Mimi Collins to transfer after one season at Tennessee

Phil Kaplan

Mimi Collins, who started the final four games of the season for Tennessee, has decided to transfer after one year with the Lady Vols.

UT spokesperson Eric Trainer confirmed to the News Sentinel on Thursday evening a report by 247Sports that Collins was leaving.

Collins, a 6-foot-3 forward, is the second player to leave the Lady Vols following the firing of Holly Warlick. Sophomore point guard Evina Westbrook announced last month she would be transferring and not returning under new coach Kellie Harper. 

The former McDonald's All-American from Waldorf, Md., averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14.5 minutes this past season.

Collins was rated a five-star prospect by ProspectsNation.com and a four-star prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz.

She was Tennessee's first commitment for the 2018 signing class and played at powerhouse Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va.

Collins also considered Louisville, UCLA, Penn State and West Virginia.

"I thought Tennessee was the best fit," she told the News Sentinel in December 2016. "It was a feeling I've had for a long time."

The departure of Westbrook, who averaged 14.9 points, and Collins leaves seven returning players. Meme Jackson, a guard, and Cheridene Green, who played forward or post, were both seniors.   

Tennessee forward Mimi Collins (4) and UNC Asheville  guard Amaryah Corpening (1) eye the rebound during a game between Tennessee and UNC Asheville at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Forward Lou Brown missed the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL.

UT has four new players for the 2019-20 season — five-star guard Jordan Horston, center Tamari Key, forward/center Emily Saunders and Australian 3-point specialist Jessie Rennie.

The remaining six players are sophomore guards Zaay Green and Jazmine Massengill, sophomore forward Rae Burrell, junior forward Rennia Davis, junior center Kasiyahna Kushkituah and senior center Kamera Harris. 

Tennessee finished 19-13 with a loss to UCLA in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but it wasn't enough to save Warlick's job after seven seasons as coach.