For the third consecutive season, South Carolina women’s basketball has succeeded in plucking Columbia’s top high school basketball player.
In the past two years, the Gamecocks have enticed nationally-rated locals Asia Dozier and Alaina Coates to stay home for college.
This week, Dreher junior Kaydra Duckett joined the group, as she made a verbal commitment to South Carolina on Tuesday.
“It’s a pretty fun experience,” Duckett said. “My parents and I were talking and we just went ahead and decided that USC would be the best fit and we didn’t want to drag it out any further. We knew this was what we wanted to do and we didn’t want to make coach Staley wait any longer.”
Duckett, the All-state player who led the Blue Devils with 17.5 points, 2.3 assists and 3.4 steals in the 2012-13 season, played AAU basketball with both Coates, who joins the Gamecocks this summer, and rising sophomore Dozier.
She said speaking with Coates earlier in the year helped her with her decision.
“I talked to Alaina, when she made her commitment. From recruit to recruit you can relate well and her reasons were somewhat the same as mine,” Duckett said, citing the closeness to home, the camaraderie among the players and the coaching staff.
“Coach Staley has been there since day one watching me play. If I call her and need some advice on what I could do better she was there, and that’s important to me,” she said.
Duckett said making this decision now allows her to focus on an important commitment she made for her senior year—she has been elected Dreher’s student body president for the 2013-14 school year.