KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There's no arguing Candace Parker's impact on Tennessee women's basketball, but her thoughts of eventually having her jersey hung in the hallowed rafters at Thompson-Boling Arena never entered her mind-- until her father mentioned it.
"The only time I came to Tennessee and was like, maybe I want my jersey retired was maybe on my unofficial visit with my dad," Parker said before a ceremony on Thursday night.
"My dad was like, is your jersey going to be up there in the rafters? That was kind of the only time. Once I got here it was just about winning national championships."
Parker did that-- and more.
She helped the Lady Vols win back-to-back national titles in 2007 and 2008. She went on to win two Olympic gold medals and now plays professionally in the WNBA and in Russia.
Her versatility was her calling card.
"It stands out the type of player she is and where that type of player has gone and where it is now," said head coach Holly Warlick, who was an assistant coach under Pat Summitt when Parker played at Tennessee.
"Candace led the way in understanding if you're 6-3, you're not always in the paint. You get utilized where you're needed and what you could do and Candace could play all positions."
Parker becomes the sixth former Tennessee player to have her jersey retired.