John Paul II forward Claire Ricketts commits to Texas Tech

Claire Ricketts, a junior forward for TAPPS 5A champion Plano John Paul II, orally committed to Texas Tech on Thursday, John Paul II coach Mike Martin said.

The 6-3 Ricketts paced John Paul II with team-highs of 17 points and eight rebounds. She picked Tech over offers from Iowa State, Kansas State and Indiana, among others, Martin said.

Ricketts played in the post for John Paul II, but Martin believes she could play the four or five in the Big 12.

“I think when she gets up there she’ll play the four position,” Martin said. “She has good range and will be very versatile for them.”

Ricketts is the second Dallas-area forward to join the Lady Raiders’s 2014 class, following Colleyville Heritage’s Artavia Ford.

Oral commitments are nonbinding. Basketball players in the class of 2014 can’t sign a national letter of intent until Nov. 13.

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