Yelle Chooses Ohio University

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Byline: John Lemon

The Geneva girls basketball program is becoming a Division I factory.

Junior point guard Kat Yelle committed to Ohio University this week. She joins graduated guard Taylor Whitley, who is starting her career at Indiana State this fall,

Yelle made her decision Tuesday on an unofficial visit to the school located in Akron, Ohio.

"I didnAEt go in thinking IAEd commit this early," Yelle said. "But by lunchtime I was sold. I loved the school, they have a sports broadcasting program ranked No. 4 in the country, and I just bonded really well with the coach (Sameeka Randle)."

Randle played point guard for Tennessee under Pat Summit. She was a two-time All-American and national champion and had a four-year WNBA career.

"She played Division I and played point guard thatAEs what really sets her apart (from some other coaches)," Yelle said. "We really hit it off. And the campus was really pretty, in the foothills."

Ohio University coaches have been following Yelle all summer, especially after she dropped 30 points at a tournament in Cincinnati over the Fourth of July holiday. Yelle said she was only home five or six days in July while traveling to different tournaments.

Yelle started all year as a sophomore last year on a Geneva team that went 32-2 and finished fourth in Class 4A, the first Vikings team ever to reach state. …