Allen County-Scottsville junior guard Morgan Rich plans to remain in-state for college after verbally committing to Kentucky on Thursday.
She first announced the news in an Instagram post, showing photos of her around UK’s campus with coach Matthew Mitchell.
“I had the gut feeling with Kentucky that I hadn’t had anywhere else,” Rich said. “I just got close to the coaches, and (Mitchell) is a great guy. I believe Kentucky girls belong in Kentucky. We want to do something that’s never been done and win a national championship with Kentucky girls.”
Rich cited her relationship with UK’s entire coaching staff as a big influence, as well as the chance to play with other Kentucky natives Makayla Epps, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Maci Morris.
She said she chose Kentucky over Vanderbilt. Her other scholarship offers included Western Kentucky, Alabama, Ole Miss, Dayton, Middle Tennessee, Marquette and Virginia Tech.
The 5-foot-11-inch guard averaged 20.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 blocks this season before tearing her right ACL on Feb. 7 against Monroe County – the same night she broke the school’s scoring record. She had surgery soon after to repair the ligament and said she’s into the seventh week of her rehab.
All Star Girls Report’s Bret McCormick has Rich ranked 83rd in the nation in the 2015 class.