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Former Miami High basketball star may transfer closer to home

Baylor forward/center Beatrice Mompremier (32) is guarded by Texas Southern forward Breasia McElrath (22) in the second half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Sat., March, 18, 2017, in Waco, Texas.
Baylor forward/center Beatrice Mompremier (32) is guarded by Texas Southern forward Breasia McElrath (22) in the second half of a first-round game in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament, Sat., March, 18, 2017, in Waco, Texas. AP

Beatrice Mompremier might be coming home.

Mompremier, a 6-4 center from Miami High and one of the most celebrated girls’ basketball players ever to come out of this area, transferred out of Baylor last week.

Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten said Mompremier visited Florida State on Friday. On Tuesday, Baumgarten said, Mompremier will visit the Miami Hurricanes. A planned trip to Tennessee was postponed, and it looks like Mompremier will transfer to one of the Florida schools.

“I think she wants to play closer to home,” Baumgarten told the Miami Herald.

In 32 games for Baylor this past season, Mompremier, 20, averaged 8.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Baumgarten, though, said his former star can be even more productive.

“She’s more valuable than the minutes she was given,” he said.

She certainly was in high school.

Mompremier led Miami High to two consecutive state titles. She was a McDonald’s All-American and the 2015 Miss Florida Basketball winner, averaging 25.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 3.5 steals and 2.6 assists as a senior.

ELSEWHERE

▪ FIU’s Andrea Lazaro, a sophomore from Spain, was named Conference USA’s women’s tennis Player of the Year. She went 14-1 at No. 1 singles, including 4-2 against ranked opponents.

Lazaro is the first FIU player to earn this honor. However, her Panthers team came up short in the C-USA final for the second straight year, losing 4-1 to No. 37 Rice.

FIU (21-2), which set a program record by winning 19 consecutive matches, will find out on Tuesday if it makes the 64-team NCAA Tournament.

▪ FIU’s beach volleyball team (24-15) set a school record for wins but did not make the eight-team NCAA field that was announced on Sunday. Rather than FIU, the NCAA took Florida State, LSU and South Carolina from the East Region.

▪ Barry’s and NSU’s men’s golf teams will compete May 8-10 in the 10-team South Super Regional in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Barry won the Sunshine State Conference and is ranked second nationally in NCAA Division II. NSU finished sixth in the conference.

The top three teams from the regional will advance to nationals May 22-26 at Kissimmee. Barry has two players who are among 30 semifinalists for the NCAA Division II Player of the Year honor: Mario Beltran and Niclas Weiland. Two NSU golfers who also made that cut are Richard Mansell and Juan Jose Guerra.

▪ NSU, ranked fifth nationally in women’s golf, last week won its first SSC title in five years. Barry’s aptly-named Charlotte Puts, a freshman from Holland, won the individual title. Puts is the fourth Barry women’s golfer to win an SSC title.

▪ NSU graduate student Luicelena Perez last week became the first Sharks athlete to be named SSC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year.

Perez, a 10-time youth national champion in her native Venezuela, transferred from the University of Alabama, where she helped the Tide beat Florida for the first time and led her school to an SEC title.

For NSU this season, she went 17-0 at No. 1 singles, including a 6-0 record against nationally ranked opponents.

▪ Barry’s women’s tennis team (25-0) is ranked third in the nation and will host a South Region match on Tuesday after drawing a first-round bye.

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