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Fort Myers 8th Grade Girl Commits to Mizou

Fort Myers 14-year-old Addison Potts has had conversations with her parents about taking a greater lead in her life decisions and promising basketball career.

Clearly, she gets the idea.

On Tuesday, Potts called Missouri women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton to commit to the SEC school, a top-25 program and the second of seven Division-I schools that have already offered scholarships to the 5-foot-10 eighth-grader.

“It’s her call,” said Potts’ father, Andy, her coach the last two seasons at Gateway Charter High School. “I know it’s early. She’s built this relationship with that school.”

Addison Potts, who will attend The Canterbury School for high school, also received offers last summer and fall from Illinois, Iowa State, USF, FGCU, and Kansas. Colorado recently offered.

The family visited Missouri for three days in early January, Andy Potts said.

Missouri went 24-8 this season, the eighth under Pingeton, and made the NCAA tournament for the third straight season after Pingeton revived a program that had dropped to the bottom of the SEC.

The Tigers, who reached No. 11 in the AP Top 25 this year for their highest ranking since 1984, were beaten in the first round of the NCAA tournament this month as a No. 5 seed by No. 12 FGCU, 70-60.

Pingeton has matched or improved Missouri’s win total each of her eight seasons and is 147-108 overall after going 68-29 the last three seasons. She was 144-81 in seven seasons at Illinois State and 191-76 in eight seasons at NAIA St. Ambrose in Iowa.

She is only the third coach in Missouri program history.

“I trust her because I think she’s a really smart kid,” Potts said of his daughter’s decision. “You’ve got to allow her to make the decision. It’s not something that just happened over night.”

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