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Transfer news: Tennessee loses another player to Power 5 school

The former five-star recruit, who announced this past spring that she would not be returning to Tennessee in the fall, has made her decision...

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Alexa Middleton, a five-foot-nine transfer guard from Tennessee, has decided to pursue the dreams she has set for herself during her final year of eligibility at Iowa State as a Cyclone under coach Bill Fennelly for the 2018-19 season.

Middleton, a five-star recruit out of high school and McDonald’s All-American player, was highly coveted among the top ranked schools, such as; UCLA, Florida State, Florida Gulf Coast and Belmont.

Middleton started in 13 of the 32 games she played for the Lady Vols this past year, averaging 7.9 points, 2.31 rebounds, and dished out 64 assists. In an interview with USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee, Middleton said Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick was "very supportive" in her decision to leave when she announced back in April she was leaving.

The Lady Vols are also losing Te’a Cooper, who is transferring to South Carolina and Diamond DeShields, who rescinded her earlier decision to stay in school and now has decided to forgo her final season in order to pursue her professional career.