During a ceremony in which she and her teammates received rings for winning the Division III girls basketball state title last winter, Africentric Early College senior Jordan Horston announced her college decision.

A 6-foot-1 point guard who helped the USA Basketball women’s U17 team win the FIBA World Cup in July, Horston committed Oct. 3 to play for the University of Tennessee.

The Volunteers have won eight national championships, with the last coming in 2008. They went 25-8 while reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

“I’m extremely excited about it,” said Horston, who is one of the nation’s top recruits. “It’s all over now and I can breathe. I was just praying every day, and talking with my family and my friends helped me. I love Tennessee. I love the players and it just felt like home there. I have a great connection and a great bond.”

Horston was named district Player of the Year and a state co-Player of the Year after helping Africentric go 27-3 and earn its sixth state championship. She averaged 18 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Horston’s commitment came less than 24 hours after Westerville South junior Anyssa Jones announced that she had committed to Ohio State and Reynoldsburg senior Uju Ezeudu announced her commitment to Denver.

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