Why basketball star Amari Whiting committed to BYU

Amari Whiting, a top recruit in the country, committed to BYU on Tuesday, where she will play for mom, Amber, BYU’s new women’s head coach.

Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo

Amari Whiting fell in love with the University of Oregon at a young age.

That’s why she committed to the Ducks’ basketball program, and coach Kelly Graves, before her junior year of high school.

But her future changed dramatically when her mom, Amber, was named the head coach at BYU, replacing Jeff Judkins, last May. Amber had been Amari’s coach at Burley High School and has taught her a lot about the game. 

Since then, the Whiting family had to move from Burley, Idaho, to the Provo area and Amber had to find a new high school to attend for her senior year.

After her mom was hired by BYU, the most frequently asked question Amari received was, “Where are you going to college?”

Tuesday, she answered that question when she posted on social media that she had decommitted from Oregon and decided to commit to her mom’s new team, BYU.

Amari is currently ranked as the No. 31 prospect in the country in the class of 2023, according to ESPN. She is believed to be the highest-ranked player to commit to the Cougars in program history.

That decision to commit to BYU wasn’t made lightly. 

“When my mom got the job, I knew that I was going to be faced with a tough decision,” Amari told the Deseret News. “Oregon was so easy to fall in love with — it’s a great school …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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