KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- In the Tennessee women's basketball "First Impression" spotlight this week is Alexa Middleton, a 5-foot-9 guard from Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Middleton, who enrolled at UT for the second session of summer school, hails from Riverdale High School, a program she helped lead to back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013. She was ranked as the No. 28 player in her class and the No. 4 guard in the HoopGurlz-espnW 100. Blue Star rated her No. 22, while FullCourt had her at No. 32 and All-Star Girls Report ranked her No. 46.
Named a WBCA, USA TODAY and McDonald's All-American, Middleton made a name for herself at the McDonald's All-America Game in Chicago last spring. She won the Powerade Jam Fest skills competition and three-point shootout and then tallied three points, five assists and four rebounds in the all-star game. She is the first player, male or female, to win two different skills challenges at the event.
Middleton, whose mother Celeste played college basketball at Lipscomb University in Nashville, averaged 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.8 steals per game as a senior at RHS. She shot 44% from the field, 35% on threes and 77% from the free throw line.
When it came time to choose a number at Tennessee, Middleton picked 33. Some others who wore that number at UT include Alberta Auguste, Nikki Caldwell, Kristen "Ace" Clement, Tonya Edwards and Ashley Robinson.
You can follow the newest No. 33 on Twitter at @AMidd33 or on Instagram at @alexacm33.