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Columbia area junior commits to SEC women’s basketball program

Westwood’s Nyah Leveretter shoots against Richland Northeast in their game last season.
Westwood’s Nyah Leveretter shoots against Richland Northeast in their game last season. jblake@thestate.com

Westwood junior Nyah Leveretter has made her college decision.

Leveretter committed to play at Kentucky on Wednesday night. She is the first Kentucky commit for the Class of 2020.

Kentucky coaches attended a Westwood game earlier this month.

“The biggest factor for me was that they had every single thing I needed and wanted in a school,” Leveretter said. “I consistently talked with all the coaches and they all made me feel 100 percent comfortable over the phone and on my unofficial visit.”

Leveretter said she also considered Furman, Florida, Clemson, UNC Charlotte, Davidson, William and Mary and North Florida. She also had an offer from South Carolina.

The 6-foot-1 forward is the fourth Westwood player to commit or sign to play college basketball joining seniors Unique Drake (St. John’s), Essence Marshall (Anderson) and Maliyah Lockett (UNC Asheville).

Leveretter is averaging 12 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game this season for the Redhawks, who ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. She will join Lower Richland’s Kameron Roach on the Wildcats roster. Roach is a sophomore at Kentucky.

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