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High school girls basketball: Moore's Aaliyah Moore commits to Texas

Oklahoma’s top girls high school basketball player has committed to the University of Texas.

Aaliyah Moore, who is ranked as the No. 7 overall national recruit in the 2021 class by ESPN’s HoopGurlz, announced her commitment to Texas via Twitter Saturday afternoon. 

“Today is about my family, friends, teammates and coaches that have had an impact on my life,” Gatorade’s 2019-20 Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year said in her near two-minute video. “I don't take for granted the opportunities that I had. I am thankful for the Lord’s grace.”

The junior forward averaged 21.7 points and 11.1 rebounds a game to lead Moore High School to the Class 6A state tournament, the program’s first state appearance in 22 years.

“This road has not been easy,” said Aaliyah, The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year. “The sacrifice, the hard work, setbacks, triumphs and dedication has fueled me to be great.” 

Aaliyah plays AAU basketball with CyFair Elite, a program in Houston that is known for sending players to Team USA. In 2019 she helped lead Team USA to the gold medal in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, averaging 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists as USA went undefeated.

“This journey has granted me the opportunity to travel the world and develop long lasting relationships,” Aaliyah said. “Those experiences have shaped me into the young woman I am today.”

She chose Texas over powerhouse programs such as Notre Dame, Florida State, Syracuse, South Carolina and UCLA.

“I’ve been blessed to have many high profile teams recruit me,” Aaliyah said. “With that being said, I have committed to the University of Texas.”

The star forward captioned her commitment video “home away from home.” 

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Moore's Aaliyah Moore celebrates in front of Bishop Miege's Allie Burns, left. and Ashton Verhulst after making basket during a girls basketball game between Moore and Bishop Miege in Moore, Okla., Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Moore's Aaliyah Moore celebrates in front of Bishop Miege's Allie Burns, left. and Ashton Verhulst after making basket during a girls basketball game between Moore and Bishop Miege in Moore, Okla., Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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