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Niles West's Loyd commits to Irish women

Niles West's Jewell Loyd announced her commitment to Notre Dame on Tuesday. Scott Powers/ESPNChicago.com

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Niles West junior guard Jewell Loyd committed to Notre Dame at a press conference on Tuesday.

Loyd, a 5-8 shooting guard, chose the Irish over Connecticut, DePaul and Tennessee.

“I find it’s a really good fit for me,” Loyd said. “I know a lot of the girls on the team. I like their style of play. I feel like I can go in there and change some things and help them reach their goals.”

Loyd added some theater to her announcement. After reading a prepared statement, nine of her classmates stood up, approached the front of the room and turned their backs to the audience. Loyd moved behind them, removed her Niles West jacket, stepped forward wearing a Notre Dame t-shirt and announced her decision. Her classmates turned around and spelled out Notre Dame on their shirts.

Loyd is ranked the No. 6 overall player and the No. 2 shooting guard in the Class of 2012 by ESPN HoopGurlz.

Loyd averaged 28.8 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.1 blocks during her junior season at Niles West. She’s a two-time ESPNChicago.com all-area selection.

“Jewell is the best player in the great state of Illinois,” Niles West coach Tony Konsewicz said. “The most impressive stat amongst her many jaw-dropping numbers is Jewell's points per game average. Night in, night out, teams know that they have to stop Jewell Loyd. She is double-, and, at times, tripled-teamed on the offensive side of the floor and yet she averaged an amazing 28.8 points per game and 4.1 assists per game. She is truly very special and the best player in the state.”