The University of Kentucky picked up an unexpected women's basketball commitment Friday when Bra'Shey Ali decided to enroll in school and join the Cats.
Ali, a 6-foot swing player from Plainfield, N.J., originally signed with West Virginia but was granted a release from her commitment.
She landed at Kentucky, where she will play alongside former Saint Michael Academy teammate Jennifer O'Neill.
"Bra'Shey is an explosive athlete who fits in well with our style of play," Coach Matthew Mitchell said in a release. "I expect her to come to Kentucky and give us tremendous effort and energy. Our staff looks forward to working with her."
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Ali was rated the 36th-best guard in last year's senior class, according to ESPN's Hoopgurlz.com. BlueStar recruiting service lists her as the 19th-best forward in that class.
She will be eligible to play for UK immediately. Originally, Ali had offers from the Mountaineers, Kentucky, Louisville and Rutgers.
Ali averaged 12 points, five rebounds and two steals in her senior season.
Her high school coach, Apache Paschall, told the New York Daily News in February that he thought he had his next McDonald's All-American on the roster when he met Ali her freshman year.
But she was slowed by a foot injury that season and missed her sophomore season completely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.