Tampa Catholic senior Colette Eule, one of the bay area's top girls basketball players, committed to play at Air Force on Wednesday.
Eule, a Times All-Hillsborough County first-team selection last season, helped lead the Crusaders to their first state semifinal appearance in school history.
Eule made an official visit to Air Force before the regular season started. She also made an official visit to Northeastern. She was also being recruited by Amherst and Emory. Air Force began actively recruiting her after watching her play in a tournament in early October.
"When I went up there on my visit the coaching staff was very unique," Eule said of Air Force. "I got along well with all the girls there and it's a place where I can go and hopefully make an impact even as a freshman. And the whole Air Force experience puts you in a good position later in life."
Eule, one of three 1,000-point scorers in the Cruaders' starting lineup this season, is averaging a team-high 17.4 points a game for the 15-1 Crusaders. The 5-foot-9 wing averaged 19.5 points last season for a team that went 28-3.
"It's definitely a relief that it's done and now I can concentrate on basketball and my senior year and hopefully get back to the state tournament," Eule said.
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