The two top girls’ basketball recruits in South Florida – 6-2 senior forward Mikiah “Kiki” Harrigan of Flanagan and 5-10 senior guard Jacaira “Iggy” Allen of Dillard – have chosen to play for out-of-state universities.
Both had Miami among their finalists.
Harrigan chose South Carolina, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the preseason poll and made the Final Four last season, losing by one point to Notre Dame. Harrigan is ranked 74th nationally on ESPN’s list of the top Class of 2016 recruits.
Allen, ranked 77th by ESPN, chose Mississippi State, which is ranked 11th and made the NCAA’s second round last season, finishing 27-7.
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The two players, who are AAU teammates on the Miami Suns, will now be SEC rivals.
Harrigan, who also had Georgia and Texas A&M on her list of finalists, chose to play for South Carolina coach Dawn Staley, a three-time Olympic champ and a six-time WNBA All-Star.
“I wanted to play for a Hall of Fame coach and be surrounded by great players,” said Harriagn, who will join forces with South Carolina star A’ja Wilson, a 6-5 sophomore All-American. “I wanted to compete against the best on a daily basis.”
Allen, who will play for Vic Schaefer at Mississippi State, also had Ohio State and Georgia Tech on her list of finalists.
“I wanted to go to a program that was already established,” Allen said. “Plus, I’m the only freshman in this class. The coaching staff is older, which I prefer. I can learn from the players and the coaches.”