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Michayla Gatewood from state champion DeSoto commits to Kansas State for basketball

Gatewood and DeSoto teammate Ja’Mia Harris had both been committed to Texas Tech before switching to Kansas State.

Texas Tech’s loss was Kansas State’s gain. Again.

Three-star senior guard Michayla Gatewood from Class 6A girls basketball state champion DeSoto announced on Twitter on Monday night that she is now committed to Kansas State. Gatewood, who missed last season with a torn ACL, had previously been committed to Texas Tech.

Star senior guard Ja’Mia Harris, who missed the second half of last season with a torn ACL, has taken the same path. She decommitted from Texas Tech in September and then committed to Kansas State earlier this month.

Getting Gatewood and Harris back would be a huge lift for DeSoto, which must replace Houston signee Kendall Brown, a 5-8 guard who was The Dallas Morning NewsAll-Area Player of the Year. Before their injuries, Gatewood was one of the premier defensive players in the Dallas area and Harris was leading DeSoto in scoring.

Coming off a 28-2 season, DeSoto returns seven players who are committed to Division I schools. The team’s top recruit, 6-4 all-state forward Sa’Myah Smith, announced her commitment to LSU on Sunday.

DeSoto has three players ranked among the top 70 recruits in the nation in the Class of 2022 — Smith (No. 57), 6-4 Texas pledge Amina Muhammad (No. 62) and 6-5 Kentucky pledge Tionna Herron (No. 68). With Gatewood and Harris sidelined by their injuries, Smith, Muhammad and Herron combined to average 35 points and 28 rebounds last season.

Here are some of Gatewood’s highlights from AAU ball.

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Greg Riddle, SportsDayHS writer and editor. I have worked at The Dallas Morning News since 2000. I cover high school sports as a reporter and help coordinate our coverage. I graduated from TCU, where I ran track and cross country. I previously worked at the Weatherford Democrat, Marshall News Messenger, Amarillo Globe-News and Arlington Morning News.

griddle@dallasnews.com /greg.riddle.94 @DMNGregRiddle
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