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Wesleyan's Causwell commits to UGA

Kaelyn Causwell

Kaelyn Causwell

Anne Marie Armstrong got the news first, even before Georgia women's basketball coach Andy Landers.

Rising Wesleyan senior Kaelyn Causwell called her former high school teammate current Bulldog immediately with word that she also planned to play college basketball at Georgia. A few minutes later, Landers got the same call regarding Causwell's commitment.

Armstrong then had some of her Georgia teammates call Causwell and congratulate her.

"I'm excited because I've always wanted to go to Georgia," Causwell said. "Anne Marie goes there and she's had a big influence on me. Every time I go there Coach Landers is nice and welcoming. I know he has a reputation of being a tough coach who yells a lot, but in the end that's what makes me go harder on the court.

"I really love the school. The campus is nice. The coaches are nice and the players are nice."

Causwell, part of Wesleyan program that has won four straight state championships, chose the Bulldogs over her No. 2 choice, Auburn. She also considered South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Temple, where her father Duane, a 12-year NBA veteran, played college basketball. She plans to study sports broadcasting in Athens.

A 6-foot-4 post, Causwell played soccer and tennis before focusing more on basketball as a seventh-grader. She has improved greatly the past few seasons, drawing numerous early offers from top college programs.

"(Colleges) definitely like her height," Wesleyan girls coach Jan Azar said. "They like her ability to move so well at her height. And she's in great shape. ... She's lean. She runs the floor well. I know Georgia liked that she can play at the top of our press and get back on defense."