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December 20, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Jackson sophomore Kelli Kingma commits to Washington

I sat down with Kelli Kingma to talk about the sophomore’s decision to give a verbal commitment to Washington.

The 5-foot-9 point guard said it just felt right and didn’t see the point in going through the full recruiting process when she knew she was going to end up at Washington, following in the footsteps of her sister, Kristi.

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Kingma called Huskies coach Kevin McGuff Tuesday to make the commitment official.

“I know that UW is perfect for me,” Kingma said. “There’s nowhere else I’d rather go. It’s close to home. I’m with my family. I have friends there.”

Kingma’s older brother, Brett, is currently a freshman at Oregon, while her twin brother, Dan, is also a point guard for the Timberwolves.

The high-school season has gotten off to a slow start for Kingma, who has only played in one game so far while recovering from a sprained left ACL.

The 16-year-old has also switched numbers this year, trading in 10 for three to support Seattle Christian’s Katie Collier, who is battling acute promyelocytic leukemia.

“I have so much respect for her and I feel so bad with the leukemia she’s going through,” Kingma said.

Both standouts played for the Tree of Hope AAU team and Collier has already signed her letter of intent to play for the Huskies.

I’ll have a full story on Kingma’s decision in Wednesday’s paper.

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