Amari Whiting announces she’s committed to BYU basketball
The highly regarded recruit had originally committed to Oregon, but announced Tuesday that she will play for her mom, Amber, the new women’s coach at BYU
Amari Whiting, the daughter of newly hired BYU women’s basketball coach Amber Whiting, announced Tuesday morning that she has decommitted from the University of Oregon and has committed to BYU.
Whiting is believed to be the highest-rated player ever to commit to the BYU women’s basketball program. She’s ranked No. 31 in the class of 2023 by ESPN.
Amari Whiting was the girls’ basketball Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Idaho last year. She was set to play her senior season at Burley High before Amber took the head coaching job at BYU.
Recently, it was reported that Amari Whiting will play the upcoming season at Timpview High in Provo.
On social media Tuesday, she explained her decision to commit to the Cougars.
“With all these changes, I’ve realized that the one consistent thing in my life has been my family. My mom has been my coach for 10 years. She knows my strengths, my weaknesses, and how to bring out the best in me. We have sweat, fought, cried and laughed, lost and won championships together.
“Eugene and all the (Ducks) fans will always be family to me but I have decided to join my mom at BYU as they enter the Big 12 basketball era. The Big 12 is a huge jump for BYU basketball and I have always loved challenges and I can’t wait to fight for a championship with my mom as my coach. I am COMMITTED to BYU and my mom. Go Cougs!”
Amari Whiting’s commitment to BYU comes as big news for the program. Earlier this month, Shaylee Gonzales, the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year, announced she is leaving BYU to play at Texas next season.