Perea heading to GW

Caranda Perea, who averaged 13 points per game as a sophomore at Altoona Area High School, gave a verbal commitment to George Washington University Wednesday afternoon to play women’s basketball.

Perea announced her commitment on Twitter.

“To start, I would like to thank all of the coaches who have recruited me to this point,” Perea wrote. “I have met many amazing people, and I have made relationships that will last a lifetime. I also cannot thank Mike Reed and the Dynamite program (Perea’s AAU team) enough. I would not be where I am without them in my life.

“Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends and my trainer. They push me to be not just the best basketball player I can be but also the best person I can be. I am excited to announce that I have verbally committed to George Washington University!”

Perea made the Mirror’s second team on last season’s annual all-star squad.

George Washington went 19-14 last season and made the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed before losing to Ohio State. The Colonials are led by coach Jennifer Rizzotti, who previously coached at Division I Hartford and recruited Altoona product Darby Lee to that program.

Perea became the second member of the AAHS girls basketball program to commit to a Division I school this month. Bridgid Fox announced she was heading to the University of Detroit Mercy on Aug. 2.

“Both of these student-athletes have put in a tremendous amount of time and hard work into the sport of basketball as well as the classroom, so it is always gratifying to see dedication rewarded,” Altoona girls basketball coach Miriam Colledge said. “Likewise, they have created a memorable week for our school, community, and the Lady Lion Basketball program.

“I have no doubt that they will flourish at the next level, as they are both driven individuals who will succeed on and off the court.”