Gabby Gregory’s fans won’t have to leave the state to watch her play college basketball.

The Holland Hall star announced Saturday night via Twitter that she is committed to the University of Oklahoma and longtime Sooners coach Sherri Coale.

“It has been my dream ever since I was little to be able to play at OU,” the Sapulpa resident said in a text to the Tulsa World. “It still feels surreal to say that I am going to be a part of the Oklahoma women’s basketball team.”

Gregory, a 6-foot shooting guard/small forward, held 26 Division I scholarship offers and chose the Sooners over her other finalists: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas State and Missouri.

Coale has guided Oklahoma to 481 wins over 22 seasons, along with six Big 12 regular-season titles, an NCAA runner-up finish in 2002 and two other Final Four appearances.

Gregory averaged 31.2 points as a junior and went over 2,000 career points in her third varsity season, helping lead the Dutch to a second straight 3A state tournament appearance.

She was named All-World girls basketball player of the year by the Tulsa World and Pinnacle Conference MVP for the second straight year.

In her Twitter announcement, Gregory thanked her teammates, all the college coaches who recruited her, Holland Hall head coach Crystal Lawson and Dutch athletic trainer Phil Muir, and her parents, Gene and Sharon Gregory, whom she called “the best parents anyone could ask for.”

A verbal commitment is nonbinding, but Gregory said she will make it official with the Sooners during the NCAA early-signing period (Nov. 14-21).

Here is the text of her Twitter announcement:

“First off I would like to thank all the coaches that took the time to recruit me. Through this process, I have met and built relationships with some amazing people. I want to thank all the coaches and trainers over the years that have helped to mold me into the player I am today. A special thank you to my high school teammates for supporting me every step of the way and ALWAYS hyping me up. Coach Muir and coach Lawson thank you for making sure I was a good person/student, above anything else, theres no way I would be where I am today without the two of you. and last but not least, gene and sharon, y’all are the best parents anyone could ask for. none of this would have been possible without you. as a little girl i dreamt of this moment and my dreams are finally becoming a reality. . . with that being said, I am honored to say that I am committing to play basketball at the university of Oklahoma!!”

Mike Brown

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Mike has covered high school football, basketball and baseball for the Tulsa World since Spencer Tillman, Wayman Tisdale and Troy Aikman were sophomores in high school. Phone: 918-581-8390