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One of the leaders of the West High girls basketball team for the past four seasons has settled on a home for her next four years.
West High senior point guard Matayia Tellis announced her commitment to Northern State University on Sunday with a post on social media.
“I’m super excited and blessed to announce my verbal commitment to Northern State University to continue my academic and basketball career,” Tellis wrote on Twitter. First, I want to thank god for the ability to play the sport I love. Next, I want to thank my family, friends and coaches for helping me become the person and player I am today.”
A four-year varsity contributor and three-year starter, Tellis helped West High win 67 games the past four seasons, a stretch that included a Class 5A state title in 2018 and a trip to the state semifinals this season.
The 5-foot-5 Tellis was a first-team all-Mississippi Valley Conference divisional selection and a second-team Class 5A all-state pick by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association this season.
Tellis averaged a career-high 11.2 points per game while shooting a career-best 41 percent from 3-point range as a senior.
A strong defender and complete all-around player, Tellis averaged 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game this season while helping West High to a 14-4 record and a spot in the 5A semifinals.
Tellis was named to the 5A all-tournament team after averaging 11 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2 assists per game in two games at the state tournament.
Located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Northern State is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Athletic Conference.
The Wolves were 5-9 last season and 14-16 in 2019-2020.