She Got Game: 13-Year-Old Basketball Star Commits to University of Texas

Texas coach Karen Aston, Deja Kelly and associate coach Travis Mays
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Deja Kelly is only 13, but the middle school basketball star already has her college of choice lined up. The San Antonio seventh-grader recently gave a verbal commitment to University of Texas coach Karen Aston, according to the San Antonio Express News.  

Deja won’t be the first one in her family to play for the Longhorns, though; Deja’s father, Darren Kelly, played for the team from 1999 to 2001. Standing 5 feet 8, Deja said it was her dream to play for the team.


“It was my dream school because my dad went there,” she told the San Antonio Express-News. “I’ve been putting in the work.”

Deja’s mom, Theresa Nunn, backs her choice 100 percent. “We are confident about the decision,” Nunn told ESPNW.

Although Deja’s verbal commitment isn’t legally binding, no one is doubting her commitment to the team. Kelly will be eligible to sign an official letter of intent to enter an athletics contract with the school in November of 2019 as the Longhorns’ newest guard.

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