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One-time UK women’s basketball commit Lindsey Duvall chooses Louisville

Bullitt East's Lindsey Duvall (12) drove the ball as Bullitt East defeated Franklin County 72-61 on Monday Feb. 15, 2016 in Frankfort, Ky.
Bullitt East's Lindsey Duvall (12) drove the ball as Bullitt East defeated Franklin County 72-61 on Monday Feb. 15, 2016 in Frankfort, Ky.

Bullitt East senior Lindsey Duvall, one of the expected frontrunners for Miss Basketball this coming season, has committed to the University of Louisville.

Kentucky Premier, Duvall’s AAU program, announced her commitment on Twitter on Saturday afternoon. Bullitt East Coach Chris Stallings confirmed the decision to the Herald-Leader.

Duvall, a point guard ranked No. 23 overall in the class of 2017 by ESPN, originally picked the University of Kentucky in early November over offers from Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina and Colorado. She in May re-opened her recruitment, becoming one of five women’s recruits to rescind UK commitments amidst the turmoil surrounding Matthew Mitchell’s program this offseason. Kentucky remained one of her options.

Stallings said Louisville, as well as other programs that were involved in Duvall’s original recruitment, reached out following her decision to rethink things. A couple of new teams — DePaul came in strong — were in play too, Stallings said.

Louisville Coach Jeff Walz and his staff took time this summer to reconnect with Duvall, who missed part of her junior season after surgery to remove a tumor near her left knee.

“(Louisville) liked what they saw, how she played and how her recovery was,” Stallings said. “Everything was pretty positive there. ... She’s really happy with her decision and we are, too.”

It was expected that Duvall would miss the entire 2015-16 season, but she returned for the Chargers in February. She averaged 18.7 points and 8.1 rebounds in seven games for Bullitt East, which finished 21-6 and lost to eventual state champion Butler in the 6th Region semifinals.

Duvall is the second instate recruit to commit to Louisville in July. Seygan Robins, a Mercer County standout who’s part of a talented Kentucky junior class, picked the Cards over UK earlier this month.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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