Finley Chastain, nation's top-ranked eighth-grader, commits to Lady Vols basketball

Lady Vols basketball received a program-changing commitment on Wednesday. It's just going to be a while to see if it pans out.

Finley Chastain, the No. 1 player in the 2027 class according to ASGR, announced her commitment to Tennessee on social media with the caption, "When you know, you know."

Chastain is in the eighth grade.

The 5-foot-11 point guard visited Tennessee for the Florida game on Jan. 19, which was her second visit this season. Chastain, who is from Celina, Texas, previously visited Tennessee in November.

Chastain's other ranking is No. 5 by Top Spot Basketball. ESPN rankings have not been released for the 2027 class, but Chastain will likely be a five-star and one of the top-ranked prospects of the class. She has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Colorado, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Alabama.

Recent evaluations of Chastain include great basketball IQ, a shooter who can play one through three and great court vision and passing. Chastain has been compared to UConn and Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird.

While Tennessee has no 2023 commitments, 2025 guard Nyla Brooks committed in November. The 6-2 guard is from from Alexandria, Virginia.

This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Finley Chastain: Tennessee Lady Vols basketball lands No. 1 8th-grader