Kelsey Bone, the No. 2-ranked recruit in the nation according to one service, said Wednesday that she plans to attend USC in the fall.
Bone, a 6-foot-5 post player from Sugarland, Texas, announced her choice during the first half of the McDonald’s All-American Game in Miami. She had been considering Illinois, Texas and Texas A&M.
Bone becomes the highest-rated recruit to commit to the Gamecocks second-year coach Dawn Staley.
“It’s a great opportunity for me and my family,” Bone said during ESPNU’s telecast of the game. “After talking to coach Staley and her staff, I just felt like Columbia was the best place for me.”
Bone led Dulles High to a 36-3 record by averaging 19.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks a game as a senior. She visited USC during the fall and can sign with the Gamecocks when the spring signing period begins April 15.
“It’s an upstart program and I’m looking forward to going there and play, and hopefully get the fans of Columbia involved,” Bone said. “I know it’s a long way from home, but South Carolina seems like a family-oriented program.”
Bone is the second-ranked player on the ESPNU/HoopGurlz list of the nation’s top 100 players.