Kortney Dunbar in her own words

Kortney Dunbar is keeping Lady Vol fans updated about her life in the months before she arrives at Tennessee. Go inside for this special feature for subscribers from the class of 2014 commit who will sign her LOI in November.

InsideTennessee: Kortney Dunbar, a 6-foot-2 wing from Illinois, is the sharpshooter that Holly Warlick needed in the Class of 2014. She has agreed to write regular entries for this site about her final year in high school and to let fans know more about her before she arrives in Knoxville.

Kortney Dunbar in her own words:

To: Inside Tennessee

I would like to write my first journal simply by giving you some background information, things about me, and most importantly, FUN FACTS!

I would like to start off with my birthplace. I was born in Alton, Illinois. I moved to Edwardsville, Illinois, the start of my sixth-grade year and have been living here ever since. It's a medium-sized town in Southern Illinois approximately seven hours and 15 minutes away from Knoxville.

I grew up playing on an all-boys basketball team when I was in the third grade. I really enjoyed playing with them because it made me better, both physically and mentally. I live with my mother, Christine, and my father, Mark. I have one sister, Kirstin, who is currently a junior at the University of Illinois. She is studying molecular cellular biology in hopes to be accepted into medical school. From there, she would like to pursue a career in pediatric surgery.

I have one dog as well, named Zoie. She is a 7-year-old Shiba Inu. I love my family very much. I wouldn't be who I am today without them. They have been there every step of the way and I couldn't thank them enough for the much-appreciated support.

I used to play soccer, volleyball and tennis, as well. I never really had as much interest in those sports as I did basketball, so I decided to give the sport I loved my most undivided attention. That decision has landed me in Rocky Top and I couldn't be happier.

I will be wearing No. 13 next year at the University of Tennessee. This number has been in the family for years, and I wanted to keep that tradition going. I have been lighting it up from deep range in this lucky number ever since I was 4-foot-nothing.

I am currently in preseason workouts for high school, and we start tryouts on Nov. 4. I can't wait for the season to officially roll around! We have five seniors on the team this year so we have to finish on a high note.

I would like to close up this week's journal with a few fun facts about me. My middle name is Nicole. My favorite food is barbecue ribs. My favorite color is orange. What a coincidence, right?

My favorite song is "Gone, Gone, Gone" by Phillip Phillips. I might be from the Midwest, but I love country music! I really want to play in the WNBA after college. I can't really cook, but I love to bake! I played the drums in fifth grade, and I was the only girl in the percussion section. ROCK ON BABY! I love to sing, and I'm pretty good at it.

Lastly, if I were granted three wishes, what would they be?

1. To remain healthy throughout my basketball career.

2. Win as many national championships as I can wearing a Lady Vol uniform.

3. Be an inspiration to many young girls to further pursue their dreams of playing basketball.

I am very excited to be joining the Lady Vol family. The coaches, teammates and fans are absolutely amazing!

Tennessee is special, and I'm so happy to be a part of it. Thank you all so much for the love and support! GO VOLS!


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