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Miss Basketball candidate reopens recruitment, not considering Kentucky or Louisville

Butler’s Jaelynn Penn drives through the Franklin County defense for a shot, Sunday, March 13, 2016, during the KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16 basketball final in Highland Heights, Ky. (AP Photo/John Flavell)
Butler’s Jaelynn Penn drives through the Franklin County defense for a shot, Sunday, March 13, 2016, during the KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16 basketball final in Highland Heights, Ky. (AP Photo/John Flavell) AP

Jaelynn Penn, a standout guard at Butler who’s one of the favorites to take Miss Basketball honors in the spring, recently de-committed from the University of Dayton. The senior is not currently considering Kentucky or Louisville, two of the schools that were recruiting her before she originally chose Dayton as a sophomore.

“I’m pretty set on not committing,” to one of those programs, Penn told the Herald-Leader on Thursday morning. Penn said she’s heard from several schools, among them Indiana and South Carolina, since reopening her recruitment this week.

Dayton Coach Jim Jabir resigned last week, citing health concerns. He had coached the Flyers to six straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2010-2015 and was the program’s all-time wins leader. The Flyers are still under consideration, Penn said.

Penn, a five-star prospect who’s ranked as the 39th-best player in the nation by ESPN, is much more aggressive and shoots three-pointers at a better clip than she did when when she committed to the Flyers. She said she’s matured a great deal since then and is more open to broadening her horizons.

“I’m less shy for sure,” Penn said with a laugh. “It’s easier to talk to coaches now cause I know what to expect a little bit.”

Penn averaged 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds for Butler last season. The Bearettes went 31-5 and won their fifth state title.

Lindsey Duvall, the state’s highest-ranked prospect in the class of 2017, committed to Louisville in late July.

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