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Stamford’s England Gives Verbal Commitment To St. John’s

Stamford guard Tiana England announced on Monday she has given a verbal commitment to play at St. John's. (Photo: Mark Conrad)

Stamford guard Tiana England announced on Monday she has given a verbal commitment to play at St. John’s. (Photo: Mark Conrad)

Tiana England pretty much has known all along through the recruiting process what her top choice was. Once the opportunity presented itself, it just took until last week to make the decision and Monday afternoon to announce it.

England, the Stamford High School guard considered by many the best girls basketball player in a very loaded FCIAC, has given a verbal commitment to attend St. John’s.

“St. John’s was always my number one choice,” England said Monday afternoon. “They were everything I was looking for in a school. I loved everything about it.”

England, a 5-8 point guard, averaged a league-high 18.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.1 steals, and became the first junior in school history to reach 1,000 points last season for the Black Knights.

England said her final three choices were the Red Storm, Hofstra and La Salle. England visited both St. John’s and Hofstra.

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“I talked it over with my family,” England said. “I had it pretty much set last week and just decided to announce it today.”

St. John’s finished 21-10 last season, 11-7 in the Big East.

The school has been a popular destination during the last decade for Stamford female basketball players. Former Trinity Catholic star Da’Shena Stevens had an outstanding career for the Red Storm, graduated in 2012 and will begin her first year as an assistant on their coaching staff. King’s Briana Brown played for the team before graduating two years ago.

Asked if it was a relief to have her decision made before the start of her senior season, England said, “It is, but it is even better to get what you want.”