July 11, 2011
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Assistant
She already knows Lady Vol head coach Pat Summitt is "no joke," and she's looking forward to teaming up with fellow incoming freshmen Ariel Massengale and Cierra Burdick. Most of all Isabelle "Izzy" Harrison can't wait to put on the Orange and White, though.
Harrison, an incoming freshman basketball player, is already on campus, taking classes and working out. She even played on an intramural kickball team with future teammates Shekinna Stricklen and Kamiko Williams.
Welcome to Rocky Top: Isabelle "Izzy" Harrison
Off the court, Harrison said she enjoys cooking, dancing, Facebook and fashion. She has aspirations to follow in the footsteps of her father, Dennis Harrison, and brother, David Harrison, who both played professional sports. Dennis spent 10 seasons in the NFL as a defensive end with the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, while David played four seasons for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA.
"It's cool that it happened in my family," Harrison said of her family's athletic feats. "I want to achieve the same success they had."
A 6-3 post with an ability to put the ball on the floor, Harrison was a star basketball and volleyball player at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tenn. She joins her older sister, DeeDee, at UT. DeeDee will be a redshirt junior on the volleyball team.
"We are really close," the younger Harrison said. "We're always together when we are at home. I can always talk to her. It will be fun being close to her."
One of 11 siblings, Harrison is focused now on joining another large family - the Tennessee Lady Vols - and the squad is welcoming her with open arms.
"When you think of Tennessee, you think of players working hard and fans coming out to see you for every game," Harrison said. "It's a tradition here. It's a family here."