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Allannah Jackson (24) of Peoria High School tussles with Londyn Sommerville of Richwoods during the girls basketball game at Richwoods High School on Thursday, January 11, 2024. The Lions won 43-40.

Allannah Jackson (24) of Peoria High School tussles with Londyn Sommerville of Richwoods during the girls basketball game at Richwoods High School on Thursday, January 11, 2024. The Lions won 43-40.

PEORIA – The Bradley Braves women’s basketball team has taken another step in its search for the best local talent.

Londyn Sommerville, who just completed her freshman year at Richwoods, announced that she has received an offer from BU. The 6-foot-2 power forward is a highly touted talent from a basketball family that includes her father, former Braves star Marcellus Sommerville, and her brother, Rutgers forward Lathan Sommerville.

“To get an offer from Bradley, my dad went there,” Londyn Sommerville said. “It was very exciting for me. And he was excited too. (Kate Popovec-Goss, head coach of the Bradley women's team) said they liked the way I played, they could really use me in their style of play.”

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Sommerville played for a Richwoods team that went 19-12 last season and finished fourth in the Big 12 at 7-3. The Knights exited the playoffs with a 69-55 loss to Galesburg.

Sommerville's first NCAA Division I offer came from Wichita State in late April, followed by an offer from Gardner-Webb on May 10, and now Bradley has entered the recruiting race.

“I'm really enjoying the process,” Sommerville said. “The schools that are recruiting me are encouraging me to work harder and better myself. I want to be one of the best and continue to get better and improve my game.”

“It's also really satisfying to see that your work pays off. It boosts my confidence.”

Sommerville plays for Midwest Elite in the summer. Her family tree includes her mother, Brooke Petty Sommerville, who was a 6-foot-2 NCAA Division I basketball player (Illinois State) and played at ICC.

Londyn Sommerville's grandfather, Gene Petty, a member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame, was a star in baseball, football and basketball. He received scholarship offers from major football programs, signed with the Cubs for $30,000 out of high school and was later signed by Buffalo Bills coach Lou Saban for $8,000 as a kicker.

And of course, Londyn Sommerville's father, Marcellus, was a star for the Bradley Braves, leading the team to the third round of the NCAA tournament in 2006 and then playing professional basketball in Europe for eight seasons, where he was part of the Cholet team that won the French national championship in 2009–10.

Richwoods High School's 6-foot-2 power forward Londyn Sommerville, who just completed her freshman year of high school, comes from a successful athletic family and has received an offer from Bradley University to play basketball.Richwoods High School's 6-foot-2 power forward Londyn Sommerville, who just completed her freshman year of high school, comes from a successful athletic family and has received an offer from Bradley University to play basketball.

Richwoods High School's 6-foot-2 power forward Londyn Sommerville, who just completed her freshman year of high school, comes from a successful athletic family and has received an offer from Bradley University to play basketball.

“It's been great coaching Londyn,” Marcellus Sommerville said. “She's like a sponge. I remember when we started training during COVID-19. She has so much potential. Her athleticism and basketball IQ have helped her excel.”

Bradley recently made an offer to Notre Dame State Finals heroine Emy Wardle, as well as two other Midwest Elite players, guard Danyella Mporokoso (Aurora Waubonsie Valley) and point guard Nikki Kerstein (Lombard Montini).

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One of the Peoria area's best football players, Metamora linebacker Cam Nickel, received a D-1 offer from Army last week. Nickel, who is entering his final season, was scheduled to visit the Illini on Tuesday and Illinois State on June 28. He has an offer from North Dakota State and is also talking to Drake and Western Michigan.

Dave Eminian is a sports columnist for the Journal Star, covering the Bradley men's basketball team, the Rivermen and the Chiefs. He writes the “Clevé In The Eve” sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or [email protected]. Follow him on X.com at @icetimecleve.

This article originally appeared in the Journal Star: Bradley women's basketball recruitment: Londyn Sommerville gets offer

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