Raiders' Orr to play women's basketball for Butler

One of the things that has helped the Reynoldsburg girls basketball team continue to have success year after year the past few seasons has been its ability to produce young talent.

There were three players from the Raiders' 2013 senior class who will play basketball in college and there should be at least two more from the 2014 class.

While post player Alyssa Rice will continue to be one of the nation's most sought-after recruits over the next few months, her junior teammate, Nicole Orr, is now off the board.

Orr, a 5-10 forward who joined the Raiders' program this winter after spending her first two prep seasons playing for Whitehall, verbally committed to play for Butler University on April 30.

Last season, Orr averaged 9.3 points and made honorable mention all-OCC-Ohio Division and honorable mention all-district as the Raiders went 24-3 and were Division I regional semifinalists.

"I chose Butler because it's a great academic school, not too far from home, and basketball-wise it's a good program," Orr said. "They just switched conferences to the Big East. I've gotten six offers total so far but I only was seriously considering Western Kentucky (in addition to Butler)."

Last November, Shiloh Murphy signed with Morehead State and Destini Cooper and Yamonie Jenkins each signed with Ohio University.

Orr should be joined during the early signing period for basketball in November by Rice, who is considering a group of schools that includes Maryland and Ohio State.

It should be interesting to see if the Buckeyes' recent coaching change has any affect on Rice's final decision. According to coach Jack Purtell, Rice likely will announce her decision sometime late this summer.

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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