UK women add swing player

Kentucky picked up an unexpected commitment on Friday when Bra’Shey Ali decided to enroll in school and join the Cats.
Ali, a 6-foot swing player from Plainfield, N.J., originally had signed with West Virginia but was granted a release from her commitment.
She landed at Kentucky, where she will play alongside her former Saint Michael Academy teammate Jennifer O’Neill.
Ali was rated the 36th best guard in last year’s senior class, according to ESPN’s BlueStar recruiting service lists her as the 19th best forward in that class.
She will be eligible to play for UK immediately. Originally, Ali had offers from the Mountaineers, Kentucky, Louisville and Rutgers.
Ali averaged 12 points, five rebounds and two steals a game in her senior season.
Her high school coach Apache Paschall told the New York Daily News in February that he thought he had his next McDonald’s All-American on the roster when he met Ali her freshman year.
But she was slowed by a foot injury that season and  missed her sophomore season completely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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