Girls Basketball

D-I offers mounting for East girls basketball player

Belleville East sophomore Kayla Rainey averaged 15 points per game for the Lancers last season.
Belleville East sophomore Kayla Rainey averaged 15 points per game for the Lancers last season. BND File

Belleville East sophomore basketball player Kaylah Rainey already has mounting offers from NCAA Division I programs.

The latest comes from the University of Iowa, which joined Kansas and Miami-Ohio in seeking the services of the 5-foot-6 guard, who earned first team All-Southwestern Conference and was selected to the Belleville News-Democrat All-Area first team.

Rainey averaged just under 16 points and shot better than 50 percent from the floor this past season for the Lancers. She averaged nearly five steals, three rebounds and three assists and was an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association third team all-state selection.

Next week, Rainey will participate in an invitation-only tryout for the USA National U16 Basketball Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Rainey also plays for Midwest Elite, a Chicago-based basketball team which competes in the Nike Girls Elite Youth Basketball League. The league consists of 32 national league teams who compete in 10 summer-league games toward a Nike National Championship.

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