Lady Vols coach Kellie Harper sees no limits for freshman center Tamari Key, who could be big help soon

Tennessee Athletics photo by Maury Neipris / Tennessee freshman center Tamari Key practices with the Lady Vols this past summer in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE - Asked for a word to describe freshman center Tamari Key, Tennessee women's basketball coach Kellie Harper said "skilled."

"That's not a word you often associate with a girl 6-foot-5-plus, but she's very skilled," Harper said. "The only ceiling she has is anything she puts on herself. She has a chance to be terrific."

The next step for the Lady Volunteers' first-year head coach is getting Key to realize that, too.

As a senior at Cary High School in North Carolina, Key averaged 13.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game. Despite only playing two full seasons, she was a three-time all-district selection.

On the AAU circuit, she was ranked as a top-50 player in the country, but at Tennessee she finds herself in a position where she's just trying to learn what it takes to play at her new level.