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Pros now but Lady Vols for Life

All three drafted Lady Vols are with their WNBA teams this weekend, but only one is ready to play this season. Two of the former Tennessee players will need a summer to recover from knee surgeries.

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All three Lady Vols seniors were drafted into the WNBA - one in each round - but two of them will have their playing days delayed. As expected, Isabelle Harrison, who went in the first round to Phoenix, is recovering from ACL surgery. Cierra Burdick, taken in the second round by Los Angeles, already is on the West Coast and ready for training camp.

Ariel Massengale, selected in the third round by Atlanta - the Dream's first selection ever of a Lady Vol, despite the traveling fan base being three hours away in Knoxville - had her knee scoped after the 2014-15 season and has opted to rehab this summer rather than segue directly into a professional career.

Atlanta maintained the rights to Massengale, and both she and Harrison joined their teams this weekend. Both also are expected to spend considerable time this summer in Knoxville to rehab their knees. All three of the players have graduated and have expressed support for saving the Lady Vols logo in all sports.

As of July 1, the University of Tennessee and Nike plan to abolish the Lady Vols logo in all sports, except basketball, which was spared, for now, out of respect for Pat Summitt. The decision has been met with considerable opposition, and a website has been created to save it: BRING BACK THE LADY VOLS.