Arizona upper center Kennedy Basham engages in Oregon

Kennedy Basham, the country’s No. 44 women’s basketball rookie in the class of 2022, had her choice of elite programs to commit to when she made her decision this week.

On Monday, she chose Oregon, revealing her engagement in a video posted to her Twitter page.

Basham, a 6-foot-7 center, selected Oregon from a group of six finalists including Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Louisville and UCLA.

“I just felt like it was the best fit for me,” Basham told The Republic. “I like the coaching team. Loved all of them (Oregon players).

Basham was ranked third overall for last season’s Elite 50 basketball players by The Republic ahead of her junior season at PHH Prep. She ultimately lived up to the rankings, helping the Fire clinch a title at the first-ever Women’s Basketball World Championship of the prestigious Grind Session in March.

Prior to starting playing for PHH Prep, Basham spent two years playing for Phoenix Pinnacle, where she attends high school. While playing for Pinnacle in the 2019-20 season, she was named to the All-State First Team in the Republic. She switched to PHH Prep in December 2020 and made an immediate impact, becoming the first girl to record a triple-double in Grind Session history.

In Oregon, Basham will reunite with Jennah Isai, the No.35 player in the 2022 ESPN women’s basketball rankings. The two have played sporadically together on the AAU Tour, including for Arizona Select in 2019.

“I’m super excited to be a teammate (with Isai) again,” Basham told The Republic. “I played with her about two years ago, so I haven’t played with her in a while. But I loved playing with her. It should be fun. “

Last summer, Basham played for legendary Phoenix Mercury goalkeeper, Diana Taurasi’s Taurasi team. She missed a few weeks during the summer slate, however, with an elbow injury sustained during the EYBL tournament in June. Basham said she was fully recovered from her injury.

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