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Dominique Darius Signs NLI to Play for UCLA Women’s Basketball

Nov 13, 2020
Dominique Darius (photo by Rachel Darius)

Los Angeles, Calif. – Dominique Darius signed her National Letter of Intent to play for UCLA Women's Basketball on Friday. The 5-9 guard originally committed to the Bruin program on April 16 and officially signed on Friday.
 
"Dominique is the total package – athletic, versatile, great leader, competitive, driven, high character, and has a high basketball IQ," said The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close. "We are so fortunate to have her." 
 
The Jacksonville, Fla., native is ranked 26th on ESPN's 2021 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings and becomes the third top-30 recruit to sign with UCLA over the last three years. She arrives in Westwood by way of Blair Academy (NJ), where she helped lead the Buccaneers to a pair of NJISAA State titles (2017, 2020). As a senior, Darius put up 15.8 points per game in Blair's 26-5 campaign. She notched double-digit scoring performances in 26 games, including a season-high 30 points in the team's win over Lincoln Prep (Canada) on Dec. 21.
 
"She is going to fit so well in our system and I think she is just scratching the surface of her potential," said Close. "She is a great player and an even better person.  She will be a major impact player for us."
 
Darius' signing continues UCLA's success in recruiting across the nation and the world, as she becomes the sixth Bruin signee over the last three years to reside outside of California. That said, she joins a UCLA backcourt led by second-year guard Charisma Osborne, who played at Windward School, located just five miles south of Westwood.