The summer before their senior season is a busy time for the nation's top girls basketball players in making their college decisions, and Northland's super-talented Alexis Peterson followed suit by verbally committing to Syracuse a few weeks ago.

I think Peterson, who was the Division I district Player of the Year and the ThisWeek Super 12 captain last winter, has had future collegian on her resume for a long time.

From the first time I saw her as a freshman, I noticed right away that Peterson clearly had the ball-handling skills, confidence and toughness to be a superstar despite being only 5-6. Her shooting has improved since that time as well.

Peterson helped Northland win its first City League championship since 1998 and to a second consecutive district title along the way to a 24-2 record last season. She averaged 18.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.1 steals and has averaged 16.2 points for her prep career. She has 1,092 career points.

She also considered Xavier, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

"I chose Syracuse because of my relationship with the coaches," Peterson said on a text message. "I love the style of play and (wanted) to get the full college experience. My freshman year they'll be playing in one of the more competitive conferences in the ACC. I feel as though I can go to Syracuse and make a difference."

Syracuse went 22-15 last season while playing in the Big East and advanced to the Women's NIT semifinals.

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