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Hailey Van Lith joins Kim Mulkey and 2023 NCAA champion LSU

Hailey Van Lith announced her commitment to LSU on Thursday after transferring from Louisville. (Lance King/Getty Images)

Top NCAA basketball transfer Hailey Van Lith has announced her commitment to the defending national champion LSU Tigers.

More than a week after making an official visit to LSU’s campus, Van Lith announced her signing on Instagram with the caption “eleven,” a reference to her jersey number with the Tigers. LSU sophomore guard Flau’jae Johnson commented on the post, “Let’s go get another 1.”

One of the top players in the transfer portal, Van Lith averaged 19.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists with Louisville last season.

Van Lith’s decision doesn’t come as a surprise. The guard has a connection to LSU coach Kim Mulkey, who recruited her out of high school when she was the coach at Baylor. The point guard’s final two choices at the time came down to Baylor and Louisville. Now, she’ll finally link up with Mulkey in Baton Rouge.

With Alexis Morris’ departure to the WNBA, the Tigers had an opening at point guard that Van Lith will fill in 2023-24.

The commitment could throw a wrench into the plans of DePaul transfer Aneesah Morrow, who is set to visit LSU over the weekend. The Tigers are among her final three choices for her next destination, the All-American announced last week.