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

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

Six-foot-2 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 player as a 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 transferring from Starkville. She also averaged 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

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

Mississippi State is now on its fourth head coach since Jackson initially arrived on campus. She played under Vic Schaefer as a freshman before his departure for Texas, followed by Nikki McCray-Penson, before she stepped down due to health concerns 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.

While Rae Burrell is expected to depart for the WNBA and Alexus Dye and Keyen Green are out of eligibility, the Lady Vols will return top scorer Jordan Horston, who has missed the postseason so far with an elbow injury, as well as key 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 recruit in the class of 2022, per ESPN, as well as Jasmine Powell, a transfer from Minnesota. No. 4-seed Tennessee faces No. 1-seed Louisville in the Sweet 16 on Saturday.