By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County High School Lady Cougar’s senior point guard Omari Kirkland will be sticking close to home for the first two years of her collegiate time, after announcing her decision to continue her basketball career at NJCAA Division II University of South Carolina Salkehatchie.
Fielding offers from Spartanburg Methodist, Savannah State and Columbia College before committing to Salkehatchie February 10, “Coach Mayo came to a few of my AAU games and spotted me,” said Kirkland about her recruiting process.
Kirkland said the choice to stay near home was an easy one. “I choose to stay local before moving forward,” she said. “I think this school is going to do me well. I want to grow athletically and academically and achieve my goals to move forward and further my ability to play ball and my studies.”
Lettering five years as a standout member of the varsity Lady Cougars, Kirkland garnered a number of awards and recognition across the years. In addition, she participated in soccer and softball for Colleton County.
“I would like to thank God first,” said Kirkland. “Then my parents, grandparents, family and friends and all who helped me in this journey. I cannot thank Coach Perry Smalls and Coach Charles enough for all that they did to help me along the way. I am going to honor them all by being a strong and dedicated athlete — and most of all getting good grades.”
Kirkland is the daughter of Fred and Omar Kirkland. She maintains a 3.6 GPA and plans pursue a degree in study sports medicine in college.