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West Virginia lands verbal commitment from super sophomore Anissa Rivera

Anissa Rivera and Rock Creek Christian took on the nation's best last month at the Nike Tournament of Champions. Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire

Anissa Rivera, a 6-foot forward and the No. 9 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2019 class, has committed to West Virginia.

"I only visited West Virginia and felt that this was the right place to be," Rivera said. "[Assistant] coach Diane Richardson was instrumental in my decision to commit to West Virginia, and I'm excited for my opportunity."

Rivera transferred to Rock Creek Christian (Upper Marlboro, Maryland) this year. Her previous school, Forestville (Maryland), closed months after the girls' basketball team won a state title.

She is an off-the-charts prospect who is athletic and explosive in the key, and who elevates over defenders. Throw in her feathery touch, and it's easy to see why she had her pick of colleges.

Rivera is the first player from the 2019 class to commit to West Virginia (13-2).

The Mountaineers, ranked 17th in The Associated Press poll, landed the No. 20 recruiting class for 2017 after the early signing period. They have signatures from No. 57 Destiny Harden, No. 75 Ashley Jones and three-star post player Makayla Stanley.