No. 10 prospect Laeticia Amihere commits to South Carolina

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Laeticia Amihere can defend every position on the court. Did we mention that she can dunk?

Laeticia Amihere, a 6-foot-3 forward, dunker and star-in-waiting, committed to South Carolina on Wednesday, the opening day of the NCAA women's basketball early signing period.

Amihere, the No. 10 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100, missed much of last season with a knee injury. She was once ranked as high as No. 2 in the 2019 class.

The Canadian becomes the third top-20 prospect to commit to Dawn Staley's program this month. On Nov. 5, point guard Zia Cooke, the No. 7 prospect in the class, committed to the Gamecocks. Three days later, Breanna Beal, a 6-foot wing and the No. 13 prospect, did the same. The Gamecocks' class came into the early signing period ranked No. 5. Expect the Gamecocks to move up when the rankings are updated Thursday.

Amihere said it was Staley's track record and honesty that drew her to the Gamecocks. She had also been considering Kentucky and Louisville.

"I really liked the way Coach Staley utilized A'ja Wilson and the impact that [Wilson] has made on the game," Amihere said. "I want to make that impact, too.

"[Staley] was transparent with me. There was no faking on her part. She told me that I have to work for what I want and put my mind to it. She was straight-up. I think that is what I valued most about her. "

Amihere, who has the athleticism to defend any position on the floor, crashed onto coaches' radars as a 15-year-old when a video of her dunking on a fast break went viral.

She represented Canada at the 2017 U19 World Cup in Italy and was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds and leading Canada to a bronze medal. Amihere will be joining forces with another member of that all-tournament team, South Carolina's Tyasha Harris, who was representing the gold-medal-winning United States. Harris, who led the SEC in assists last season as a sophomore, will be a senior when Amihere is a freshman.

Amihere's commitment leaves three top-10 prospects undeclared -- No. 1 Haley Jones, No. 3 Aliyah Boston and No. 9 Rickea Jackson.

The early signing period runs through Nov. 21.

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