2015 Lafayette forward Givens verbally commits to WKU

Lafayette's Dee Givens (right) knocks the ball away from Glasgow's Emily Alexander during the first round of the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16 in March at E.A. Diddle Arena. Givens verbally committed Western Kentucky on Thursday.

Lafayette’s Dee Givens (right) knocks the ball away from Glasgow’s Emily Alexander during the first round of the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16 in March at E.A. Diddle Arena. Givens verbally committed Western Kentucky on Thursday. (Daily News file photo)

The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team picked up a 2015 verbal commitment Thursday from Dee Givens, a 6-foot-1-inch forward out of Lafayette High School in Lexington.

Givens confirmed her commitment on Twitter. WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard can’t comment specifically about Givens until after the player signs a national letter of intent.

“Our family just keeps growing,” Heard posted on Twitter on Thursday. “Love where our program is going. #tobecontinued”

Givens averaged 16.8 points and seven rebounds as a junior, helping Lafayette to a 28-4 record and the second round of the state tournament. She shot 43.7 percent from the field and scored 34 total points in two games at state.

Givens is WKU’s fourth verbal commit in the 2015 class. She joins Arkansas point guard Sidnee Bopp, Georgia shooting guard Kayla Smith and Alabama wing player Morgan Tipton.

The recruit’s first chance to officially sign with the school will be during the November early signing period.

 

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BG’s Kevin Wallace withdraws name from Manatee (Fla.) coaching search

Bowling Green football coach Kevin Wallace confirmed to the Daily News on Wednesday he had talks last week with a school in Florida about its vacant coaching position, but withdrew his name before the interview process.

Multiple reports out of Florida named Wallace as a candidate for the coaching job at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., with Manatee’s director of athletics stating that Wallace had recently withdrawn from consideration.

Wallace said he talked with Manatee school officials last week but withdrew his name Saturday. He was scheduled to interview Monday but did not go.

“I have a great job, working with great people,” Wallace said by text message. “I was flattered to speak with Manatee, but ultimately, the timing was not right to consider the move.”

Manatee is the alma mater of former Western Kentucky University player and coach Willie Taggart. The Hurricanes have won five state championships.

Wallace has been the coach at Bowling Green since 1996 and is tied for 20th in Kentucky history with 249 all-time wins, including 209 with the Purples. He’s led BG to three straight Class 5A state titles and 44 consecutive wins heading into the 2014 season.

Wallace was named The Associated Press’ Kentucky high school football coach of the year for 2013.