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Penn Hills freshman not in awe


Got a chance Tuesday night to talk with Penn Hills freshman Desiree Oliver, who’s someone you’re going to want to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Not only has Oliver been averaging 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals per game for Penn Hills, but she already has a pair of NCAA Division I offers — Duquesne and St. Francis.

Oliver picked up the first one while she was still in the eighth grade.

“It’s something to think about and it’s something that keeps me motivated,” Oliver said of the ridiculously early recruiting process. “But it’s not anything that stresses me out.”

Good thing.

Penn Hills coach John Tate said Toledo was on the cusp of offering. Oliver has taken unofficial visits to Pitt and Maryland, said Tate, a well known AAU coach in the area.

“She’s handled it,” Tate said. “She’s not in awe of the process. She takes everything in stride. That makes it a little bit easier because she has great family support.”

Penn Hills has jumped out to a 5-5 start, 2-1 in Section 2-AAAA. You can read more about the Indians in Thursday’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

—Jason Mackey

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