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Former Tennessee forward Mimi Collins to transfer to Maryland women’s basketball

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The Waldorf, Maryland, native is coming back to her home state.

Former Tennessee forward Amira “Mimi” Collins announced her intention to transfer to the Maryland women’s basketball program on Monday.

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Earlier this month, Collins’ intention to transfer became clear after Tennessee fired head coach Holly Warlick.

Collins is a native of Waldorf, Maryland, and played her high school basketball at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia. As part of the Class of 2018, she was ranked as the No. 49 overall recruit by ESPN.

As a freshman for Tennessee, Collins averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while averaging 14.5 minutes of action each game. Arguably, her best performance came in the NCAA Tournament, as she played 32 minutes and scored 14 points against UCLA in the first round, which was played in College Park.

After the departure of Sarah Myers, a scholarship became open for Benda Frese and her staff, which led to the recruitment of Collins. She will be joining former high school teammate Ashley Owusu, the nation’s top-ranked point guard recruit of 2019, and the rest of a No. 1 recruiting class in College Park.

New NCAA transfer regulations have made immediate eligibility more common for players with extenuating circumstances, such as the head coach that you agreed to play for getting fired. It is unclear if Collins will seek a waiver for immediate eligibility, but she will have three years of play left regardless as she could redshirt the 2019-2020 season.