Girls Basketball: Regis Jesuit’s Neffie Lockley switches commitment from Howard to Kennesaw State

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Regis Jesuit senior Neffie Lockley (24) celebrates with teammates after the Raiders’ win over Fossil Ridge in the Class 5A girls state basketball championship game on March 15, 2014, at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. Lockley has switched her verbal commitment from Howard University of Kennesaw State University. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The Regis Jesuit girls basketball team still had six Division I players on the roster this season, but one of the schools has changed.

Senior reserve Neffie Lockley, a sparkplug off the bench for coach Carl Mattei’s team as it cruised to a second straight Class 5A state championship is now headed to Kennesaw State University according to Mattei.

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Regis Jesuit senior Neffie Lockley, center, averaged 5.6 points per game for the Class 5A state champion Raiders. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Lockley had verbally committed to Howard University before the season, but later had some reservations and began to look for another school. She also considered University of Illinois-Chicago, New Mexico State and Sacred Heart according to Mattei before selecting Kennessaw State, which is located 20 miles north of Atlanta.

The Owls play in the Atlanta Sun Conference, the same conference where former Regis Jesuit boys basketball star Bud Thomas went when he signed with Mercer. Kennesaw State finished 6-24 in the 2013-14 season and lost in the first round of the A-Sun tournament.

Lockley averaged 5.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as senior for Regis Jesuit, which had other Division I signees in Diani Akigbogun (Texas), Justine Hall (Purdue), Kelsi Lidge (Drexel), Jordan Molyneaux (Seton Hall) and Anna Ptasinski (Lafayette) on a team that went unbeaten in Colorado and 26-2 overall.

The regular national athletic letter of intent signing day for Division I basketball is May 21.

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