Best friends commit to Virginia Tech

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Best friends commit to Virginia Tech

Cayla King (left) and Elizabeth Kitley (right) attend a Virginia Tech football game. Both girls are committed to play basketball at the school.

Cayla King (left) and Elizabeth Kitley (right) attend a Virginia Tech football game. Both girls are committed to play basketball at the school.

Contributed by Cayla King

Cayla King (left) and Elizabeth Kitley (right) attend a Virginia Tech football game. Both girls are committed to play basketball at the school.

Contributed by Cayla King

Contributed by Cayla King

Cayla King (left) and Elizabeth Kitley (right) attend a Virginia Tech football game. Both girls are committed to play basketball at the school.

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Decisions, decisions. Junior Elizabeth Kitley announced her decision to play basketball for the Virginia Tech Hokies on Dec. 7, making her the second commit of the class of 2019. She is joining her Northwest and club teammate, Cayla King, who is a fellow commit to the Hokies. King and Kitley happen to be best friends, as well, so there is a lot of excitement shared between the two about attending the same ACC school to play basketball.

Last season, Kitley was a key player in the NCHSAA Class 4-A championship, earning the title of Most Valuable Player. As a 6-foot-4 post player, she is a force to be reckoned with, ranking 11th in the U.S. for the post position. Constantly improving her game, Kitley has proven herself to be an excellent player; many colleges have been looking to recruit her.

“I’m excited to be able to compete in the ACC and attend a great college to get a good education for my future,” Kitley said.

Virginia Tech was very upfront about how much they wanted to recruit Kitley, and they made sure that she knew that.

“The way they recruited my whole family, especially my sister, made Virginia Tech stand out,” Kitley said.

Kitley will be joining her best friend, Cayla King, at Virginia Tech and she couldn’t be more thrilled. Both girls share this excitement of playing at the next level together.

“It’s crazy how we both ended up at the same school because you don’t hear that a lot in college,” King said. “There aren’t usually a lot of players from the same state, let alone team. It’s going to be really nice to have a player that I’m used to playing with; it will be good when you are having a rough day to just know you have one of your closest friends there with you.”

King wanted Kitley to be able to make her own choice about where she decided to go to school, but on the inside, she wanted her to go to Virginia Tech.

“Choosing your school is a big decision and shouldn’t be made without a lot of thought,” King said. “The college you go to affects your future and the rest of your life and I wanted Liz to be comfortable with wherever she went.”

The girls will be coached by Kenny Brooks, who is the current head coach for the Virginia Tech Hokies.

“Virginia Tech just seemed like home,” King said.

 

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