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Two-time All-Metro forward Sheronne Vails, who helped the Arundel girls basketball team to two straight Class 4A final fours, has orally committed to play for Louisville.

Vails, 6 feet 5, averaged 11.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.8 blocks last season for the No. 7 Wildcats (22-5), who fell in the state semifinal after reaching the title game in 2007. Over the summer, she helped her Amateur Athletic Union team, the Fairfax Stars, reach the semifinals of the Nike Nationals.

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Louisville coaches saw a lot of her this summer.

"I felt like they went after me the hardest," Vails said. "They were at all of my AAU games that they could be. And I really enjoyed my official visit. I like the athletic program. They're all one team. All the sports combine to one, and I like the atmosphere. I feel like I'm at home when I'm there."

Vails opted for the Cardinals, who reached the national championship game for the first time last spring, over Duke, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

She said she communicated with former Louisville All-American Angel McCoughtry via the Internet and that McCoughtry, "told me it's a good school."

McCoughtry, an All-Metro forward at St. Frances before she played for the Cardinals and was the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft by the Atlanta Dream, played a small part in Vails' decision. Vails had seen her play when she was younger while McCoughtry played AAU basketball with Vails' sister LaTavia, who went on to play at Robert Morris.

"She did [play a small part in the decision], because I've seen how she developed her game and became a better player there," Vails said.

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