Newark senior girls basketball player Paige Cashin will take her 6-foot-4 frame to South Florida, according to Wildcats coach J.R. Shumate.

A four-year starter for Newark who has a program-record 269 blocks, Cashin also considered Minnesota and New Mexico before choosing South Florida.

Cashin has averaged 10.5 points for her prep career and last season averaged eight rebounds as the Wildcats made it to a Division I district semifinal. In the always competitive OCC-Ohio Division, she helped Newark go 8-6 and place fourth.

"Paige has been an exceptional role model for our younger players," Shumate said. "Her work ethic in the classroom and on the court is relentless. As a four-year starter and our anchor on defense, Paige has been a difference-maker for our basketball program. ... If she just maintains close to her career average, she will rank in the top 10 in career blocks all-time for Ohio girls high school basketball."

Cashin is among a handful of players who should be signing with Division I programs in November in girls basketball, along with Africentric's Marley Hill (Cincinnati), Northland's Alexis Peterson (Syracuse), Gahanna's Quiera Lampkins (Ohio U.), Zenobia Bess (Illinois State) and Maddison Blackwell (Xavier), Olentangy Orange's Taylor Agler (Indiana) and Reynoldsburg's Yamonie Jenkins (Ohio U.), Destini Cooper (Ohio U) and Shiloh Murphy (Morehead State).

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