In a ceremony among family and friends, Laeticia Amihere announced her intention to attend the University of South Carolina and signed her letter of intent on OSBATV.
"It really came down to my values and what was important for me," said Amihere. "Making sure it was a winning culture. I want to win a championship and I felt that great relationship with the coaches and I felt that throughout the process."
A five-star recruit and the 2017 OSBA MVP, Amihere is blazing a comeback trail in her return to the court after missing time while recovering from a torn ACL.
2017 was the same year the South Carolina Gamecocks won the NCAA National Title and that will be the goal again as Laeticia joins a team loaded with young talent.
"What separated South Carolina from the rest was the visit," said Amihere. "When I got there (head coach) Dawn (Staley) was just real with me. She didn't cut corners, she showed her true colours."
As a 15-year-old Amihere made her mark when her in-game dunk went viral and she became the first Canadian woman to dunk in a game.
Her King's Christian team has fallen in the OSBA semi finals the past two seasons but with a healthy Amihere and all the pieces coming together they will be challengers for the 2019 league championship.
1. King’s Christian have fallen in the semi-finals in back-to-back seasons, but are still looking to get over the hump for an OSBA Finals appearance and championship.
2. New recruits, Alexis Stewart and Tahmala Thorpe will make an immediate impact this season and could be the missing pieces of the puzzle for King’s Christian.
3. Last year, King’s Christian finished third with an impressive 13-5 (win-loss) record in the regular season.
WOMEN ON THE SPOT
Mide Oriyomi is a 6’0’’ guard/forward who is looking to establish herself again this season as one of the toughest players to defend in the league and a Team Ontario veteran. Oriyomi has been a “gym rat” over the past summer, and determined to lead her team past the semi-finals.
Tiena Neale is a 5’11’ senior guard who will be heavily relied upon to defend the top players on a nightly basis as well as being a primary scoring option on the offensive end. Neale will be one of the key players on the roster for the team's success.
King’s Christian Collegiate comes into the season with high expectation once again. After failing to advance past the semi-finals in consecutive seasons, King’s Christian is looking to make a run at the OSBA title. The squad from Oakville has all the tools to challenge for the 2018-19 championship: playoff experience, solid outside shooting and players that can get to the basket. Laeticia Amihere also hopes to be back to 100% this season after suffering a season-ending knee injury last year, and the new additions Alexis Stewart and Tahmala Thorpe could be instrumental in Kings' first finals appearance. Could this be the year King’s Christian finally comes through when the pressure is the highest?