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Class A, Omaha Westside vs. Millard South, 3/3/18

Millard South's Madison Krull (right) blocks a shot by Omaha Westside's Caroline Leibel during the Class A final at the state girls basketball tournament Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Prior to last weekend, Maddie Krull had made five trips to the University of South Dakota.

Trip No. 6 was this past weekend and it was extra special for the Millard South junior guard.

On Saturday, Krull told the South Dakota coaches she was committing to the Coyotes.

"All of the coaches were very excited," Krull said Monday night. "They couldn't stop smiling, I couldn't stop smiling, and that's when I just really knew that it was the right fit for me and that was where I needed to be."

South Dakota will be getting one of the state's top guards. Behind an expanded skill set, Krull averaged 10.8 points and 4.0 rebounds during her sophomore season at Millard South. She scored 30 points in a Class A state semifinal win against Lincoln East and earned third-team Super-State and Class A first-team honors.

Krull had many NCAA Division I offers. She narrowed her final list to South Dakota, Drake, Wichita State and Colorado State before picking the Coyotes.

"Every time I went there, it felt like home," Krull said. "Watching their practices, they were intense and it was loud and it just felt like the way we do things at All Nebraska Attack and at Millard South."

Krull said it was "extremely hard" to narrow her list of schools down. 

"They're all great schools that offered me, and just one of the hardest things for girls basketball, every scholarship you get DI is a full-ride offer and telling a school 'no' and turning down an offer like that is not an easy thing to do," Krull said. "Especially with just how great all of these coaches from all of these schools were. It was also extremely fun and I got to visit and check out some really cool places."

The South Dakota roster also includes Lincoln East graduate Regan Sankey, who is a freshman. Krull said Sankey, her former club teammate at ANA, was someone she could turn to for advice about the school and the recruiting process.

Now, with her college decision out of the way, Krull can turn her focus to the upcoming basketball season. With Krull and Jayme Horan, another junior Division I prospect, Millard South will again be among the top teams in Class A.

"We lost one pretty amazing senior in Rylie Pauli, but we have a lot of great returning kids," Krull said. "We're excited and we're just really focused on not taking any days off and really focusing on the details at open gym and in the weight room and during conditioning."

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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