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BOLINGBROOK - Local All-American 5'6" point guard, Ariel Massengale, has made it official and submitted a verbal commitment to Tennessee. She is recognized as a top point guard prospect in the 2011 class who is rated the No. 6 overall in the ESPN HoopGurlz Hot 100.

"Ever since I started playing basketball I wanted to go to Tennessee," said an ecstatic Massengale. "Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about all the schools I'm talking to, but I felt in my heart that I just needed to do it, commit to Tennessee."

She is the third local player to head to Knoxville - former Stevenson star Tamika Catchings and former Naperville Central star Candace Parker.

Massengale plans to study communications and pursue a career as a sports commentator.

For the Massengale family, sending Ariel to Tennessee will be like a homecoming. Much of her family still lives in the Volunteer state -- it was family connections that brought Massengale to the Flight even though she lives in Bolingbrook, Ill

"I had a couple long talks with my high-school coach and he said if I wanted to do it now I could, and then we can worry about getting this three-peat," said Massengale, referencing Bolingbrook High School's quest for a third consecutive state title.

She no longer has had to hide her Tennessee Lady Vol gear in the back of her closet. Not anymore.


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