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Former Idaho girls basketball player of the year leaving Pac-12 school for Mountain West

Utah's Tori Williams drives against Washington in the second half of a college basketball game Jan. 5, 2018, in Seattle. Utah won 74-65.
Utah's Tori Williams drives against Washington in the second half of a college basketball game Jan. 5, 2018, in Seattle. Utah won 74-65. The Associated Press

Centennial High graduate Tori Williams made 27 starts for the Utah women's basketball team in 2017-18, earning a spot on the Pac-12's All-Freshman team.

Despite a successful college debut with the Utes, Colorado State announced Williams will join the Rams' program beginning this fall.

As a senior in high school, the 5-foot-9 guard helped Centennial win a 5A state championship in 2017. Williams was voted the 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year and Gatorade Idaho Player of the Year. At Colorado State, Williams will be reunited with Centennial teammate Lauren Brocke and fellow Utah transfer Megan Jacobs.

"We are thrilled to have Tori join our program," Colorado State coach Ryun Williams said. "Tori is a tremendous basketball player who was an impact freshman in the Pac-12 and one of the better guards in the country coming out of high school. She's an athletic combo guard who can score it and just flat-out make plays."

Williams will have to sit out the 2018-19 season per NCAA transfer rules, and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Colorado State plays in the Mountain West Conference alongside Boise State, which will allow Williams to play in front of her hometown fans at least once per season.

The Broncos won all three meetings against the Rams this past season, including a 76-51 rout in the Mountain West Tournament semifinals.

While at Utah, Williams averaged 29.5 minutes with 27 starts and 31 appearances, contributing 9.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. She ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.1) — and first among Pac-12 freshmen. Williams' 64 triples were the most on Utah's roster.

Williams also was recognized as Utah's 2018 Female Rookie of the Year, an award given to the top freshman across all of the athletic department's women's sports.

Williams could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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