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Former Syracuse women’s basketball commit Amani Bartlett flips to Louisiana State

Amani Bartlett, a highly-ranked recruit in the class of 2021, will attend Louisiana State instead of Syracuse, she announced Saturday.

Bartlett is a 6-foot-3 forward from Houston. She is rated four-stars and stands as the No. 51 player in the country, according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz recruiting rankings.

Bartlett announced last week in a now-deleted Instagram post that she re-opened her recruitment and was considering five schools — Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and Kansas State.

Bartlett announced last week in a now-deleted Instagram post that she re-opened her recruitment and was considering five schools — Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and Kansas State.

Bartlett or her family could not be immediately reached for comment.

Her decision to play for a different school is another blow to Syracuse’s incoming freshman class, which was ranked No. 11 in the country by ESPN.

Bartlett is the third player from Syracuse’s 2021 class to decommit from the program, joining top 50 recruits Shayeann-Day Wilson and Latasha Lattimore.

The Orange’s group of freshmen currently comprised of two players: super-scoring guard Julianna Walker and four-star forward Nyah Wilson.

Class of 2022 guard Nicole Sanfilippo decommitted from the program in May, citing that Syracuse’s massive roster turnover — that resulted in 12 players opting to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal — played a “small factor” in her decision.

Syracuse recently named former associate head coach Vonn Read the program’s acting head coach for the 2021-22 season. He takes over for Quentin Hillsman, who resigned as head coach after 15 seasons amid an external investigation into accusations of bullying and inappropriate behavior.

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