U-High girls basketball player Kaila Anderson commits to Tulane _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University High's Kaila Anderson (4) steals the ball from Madison Prep's Sherry Porter (22) during the EBR Girls Basketball Tournament in December.

Those trips to summer camp certainly paid off for University High junior point guard Kaila Anderson.

Anderson committed to Tulane on Tuesday night, something she said was a direct result of attending summer basketball camps hosted by the Green Wave for the past three years and family ties in the area.

“I’ve been there for camp every year since my ninth-grade year and have gone to a few games,” Anderson said. “There were some other schools I considered, but Tulane … that’s my top choice.”

The 5-foot-5 Anderson helped lead the Cubs to a 27-9 record and a semifinal appearance at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls Top 28 tournament last week. She averaged 11.9 points and 9.1 assists per game for the Cubs last season. She also helped the Cubs win Class 3A state titles in 2014 and 2015.

Anderson, a three-year starter for the Cubs, also considered Arkansas-Little Rock and Southern Mississippi. A native of Kenner, Anderson said she moved to Baton Rouge when her mother remarried before she entered the seventh grade. She enrolled at UHS that fall.

“I have a lot of family in the area, and that was a factor too,” Anderson said. “They’ll be able to watch me play.

“Tulane’s style of play is similar to what we do at U-High and so is the coaching. I’ll feel at home.”