Lauren Betts, the No. 1 women's basketball prospect in the Class of 2022, announced Wednesday that she has committed to Stanford.
Betts chose Stanford over Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, UConn and South Carolina. She is the second top-five prospect in the 2022 class to come off the board, following No. 5 Isuneh Brady, who committed to UConn.
"I chose Stanford not only for the great basketball program, but for the great academics," Betts said. "As far as location, they are just perfect. It is close to home, and it is easy for all of my family to go and watch games. My family is super important to me. As far as the team, they are all very close and they are all sweet girls. I am so excited to join them. They are just amazing people."
The 6-foot-7 Betts averaged 17.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.9 blocks per game in her sophomore season at Grandview High School in Colorado. She played her club ball for former NBA player Keith Van Horn and Colorado Premier.
Her basketball résumé includes a gold medal with the 2019 FIBA U16 Americas team, for which she averaged 12.2 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game and was named all-tournament.
Betts is top-ranked Stanford's first commitment in the 2022 class. When she gets on campus, she will join 2021 signees Brooke Demetre and Okikiola Iriafen.
"Especially this year to me, it was just who was going to make that effort to get to know me. Obviously, I think Stanford did a really good job," Betts said. "We did multiple Zooms with them, and I felt like, even though I couldn't see them in person, I could create that connection and that bond."