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Thirteen-year-old basketball phenom Deja Kelly

Thirteen-year-old basketball phenom Deja Kelly has had her heart set on playing for the University of Texas. And, despite the number of schools vying for her talent, she has decided to go with her first love.

Kelly attends Luna Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, and has received attention from schools ever since she was in the fifth grade. In late October, however, she gave a verbal agreement to play for the basketball powerhouse at a Texas vs. Iowa State football game, according to San Antonio Express News. Kelly’s verbal commitment is not an official letter binding her to the program, but her mother Theresa Nunn is pretty sure her daughter’s mind is set.

“I know kids change their mind on a daily basis, but this is something she’s been pretty concrete about for the last five or six years,” Nunn told ESPN.

If Kelly follows through on the recruitment offer and goes to play for the Longhorns, she will be following in her father’s footsteps. Darren Kelly played for Texas from 1999-2001. In his senior year, he was named to the All Big 12 third team after leading the Longhorns in assists and minutes played. As a 6-4 guard that season, he ranked second in scoring with an average of 15.3 points a game.

“It was my dream school, because my dad went there. I’ve been putting in the work,” the 5-feet-8-inch point guard told the Express News.

Kelly is not the only teenager from the Texas area that has committed to playing college ball. Quarterback Zadock Dinkelman from Somerset Junior High School has committed to play football at Louisiana State University. He is the nephew of former NFL quarterbacks Ty Detmer and Koy Detmer Sr.

Kelly will be eligible to sign an official letter of intent in November 2019.

jhunter@afro.com