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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/06/2012

Good Counsel’s Amanda Fioravanti picks Virginia


Good Counsel’s Amanda Fioravanti (right) goes up to block a shot against Holy Cross last season. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)
When Good Counsel was rolling to an unbeaten record in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference last girls’ basketball season, the names of team standouts Faith Randolph and Amanda Fioravanti often were mentioned in tandem.

That will continue to be the case. Fioravanti, a rising senior forward, committed over the weekend to the University of Virginia, where Randolph enters this fall as a freshman. Both were All-Mets last season.

Randolph playing at Virginia was not necessarily the deal clincher for Fioravanti, but it played at least some small part in her decision.

“It’s cool that I get to play with one of my high school teammates,” said Fioravanti, who is familiar with other players on the Cavaliers’ DMV-heavy roster. “But I still had to see if it would fit with me. It’s definitely been helpful that [Randolph] knows how I play and stuff like that.”

Virginia was not at the top of Fioravanti’s list when she went to Charlottesville in June for a camp. That soon changed. She fell hard for the campus and its history and facilities and made a return trip Friday with her family.

Fioravanti wants to pursue a degree in elementary education, a major that some of the schools recruiting her did not offer.

“It’s like they were forcing different majors on me,” said Fioravanti, who averaged 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds last season. “But Virginia actually had what I wanted to pursue in my life, so it was perfect.”

The 6-foot-1 Fioravanti’s other finalists were Wake Forest, Miami, Memphis, Pitt, Saint Joseph’s, Duquesne, Charlotte and George Washington. She had taken unofficial visits to all but Miami.

Fioravanti said she wanted to stay somewhat close to home so that her family, including brother Andrew, 24, could easily attend her games. Andrew Fioravanti, who Amanda refers to as her “biggest fan,” has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair.

The Virginia roster includes three other All-Mets: senior center Simone Egwu (Arundel) and junior guards Kelsey Wolfe (Seneca Valley) and Ataira Franklin (Riverdale Baptist).

The Cavaliers finished 25-11 last season and lost to James Madison in the WNIT quarterfinals. It marked the program’s most wins since the 1999-2000 season.

Related: Amanda Fioravanti gets a jump on preparing for basketball season

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