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Crisp Co. star Oliver commits to UGA


One of the best girls' basketball players in the state says she's always wanted to play for the Lady Dawgs of Georgia.

Now it's official.

Crisp County's Nasheema Oliver is one of the most dominant players in south Georgia, and she's heading to play for legendary UGA women's basketball coach Andy Landers.

Oliver committed to the University of Georgia this weekend.

She says she made the decision when Landers sat down for dinner, her father's famous ribs, with her family in Cordele.

"When he came to our house, sat down in the living room, and ate the ribs, I was like, 'Yeah I have to go to Georgia,'" Oliver laughs.

The 6'3 senior says her relationship with Landers has always been great, and that relationship was a key factor in her commitment.

"He treats me like a daughter," says Oliver. "He's been there for me since I've been in middle school. I've known him and been going to games and stuff, and I always wanted to be a Lady Bulldog."

Oliver will return to the Lady Cougars this season.

She was dismissed from the team in the middle of the 2012 season after a dispute with head coach Barrett Wilkes.

Now, with the commitment out of the way, Oliver is ready to just play basketball.

"When basketball season starts, I won't have to worry about other recruiters and all that," she says.

Oliver was an all-state second-team selection her sophomore year.

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