Another one of the best high school basketball players in the state will stay close to home for her college career.
Allen County-Scottsville guard Morgan Rich announced her commitment to the University of Kentucky on Thursday. She tweeted a series of photos with UK Coach Matthew Mitchell and the message, "Kentucky girls belong at UK."
Rich joins Bell County's Maci Morris as the second commitment for the Wildcats' recruiting class of 2015.
Bret McCormick of All-Star Girls Report ranks Rich as the No. 83 overall prospect in the class. He said the new UK commitment has a "well-rounded game" and can play several different positions in the backcourt.
"She can score, she can pass — whatever you need her to do, she can do," McCormick said. "She's a very fundamental and cerebral type of player. I think Mitchell has kind of changed his philosophy a little bit. He's recruiting more skilled — what I call basketball players. They have that IQ and they understand how to play the game. They're not just athletes."
Rich — a left-hander — was averaging 20.5 points and more than seven rebounds per game before she suffered a torn ACL in early February. The 6-foot guard was a Herald-Leader second-team all-state selection despite missing the remainder of the season.
She broke the Allen County-Scottsville career scoring record on the night that she was injured.
"She'll probably start playing next basketball season but she won't round into form until about this time next year," McCormick said.
Rich and Morris are the latest in-state additions to a UK team that has featured many out-of-state players in recent years.
Mitchell successfully recruited nationally ranked Marion County stars Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers for the class of 2013. Now he has two of the state's top prospects in the fold for 2015.
"I think it's big, especially in Kentucky," McCormick said. "Kentucky is a basketball state. And kids there bleed blue and they want to play for Kentucky. And I think, if they're good enough and they want to play — you just take them. And I think Mitchell sees that."
Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com.