The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team has picked up a commitment for the class of 2013, yet Dade County High School forward Ansley Chilton chose the Lady Mocs knowing that she probably won't play until the 2014-15 season.
The lean, 6-foot-2 Chilton said she committed to UTC on Friday, after coach Wes Moore explained to her that she would be redshirted to give her a chance to develop her body. The Lady Mocs are well stocked in the post with Taylor Hall, Faith Dupree and Ashlen Dewart all entering their junior seasons.
"I was definitely a little surprised at first when he talked to me about redshirting," Chilton said Monday. "But once I understood what he had in mind and everything, it made sense. I do need to get stronger and develop more physically. And I might as well redshirt if I'm not really going to get to play much because of all the other players ahead of me."
Chilton averaged 11.8 points and eight rebounds a game for the Lady Wolverines last season.
Chilton, who said she also had offers from Mercer and Lee University, found another bright spot in redshirting. A five-year plan would allow her to earn a master's degree while still on scholarship.
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John Frierson is in his fifth year at the Times Free Press and fifth year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...