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The upcoming NCAA signing period for current high school seniors — it starts April 17 — won’t concern UE’s latest women’s basketball verbal commit.

Neither will next year’s signing period, or the one after that, or the one after that.

Though Katlyn Gilbert is just in seventh grade, she pledged to the Aces over the weekend. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard plays AAU ball for the Best Choice Lady Eagles in Indianapolis.

Her team’s Twitter account originally announced the news on Sunday.

https://twitter.com/BestChoiceIndy/status/320716950785384448

Back in September 2012, Gilbert attended a Junior All-American camp, where she earned all-star recognition among seventh graders attending.

“Though she may develop into a point guard, she was at her best at the camp as an off guard –playing without the ball—looking for her shot which shows good form,” the camp’s breakdown reads. “Her long legs allowed her to run well on the wing filling the lane on breaks.”

Gilbert can sign a binding letter of intent with the Aces in November of 2017 before her high school graduation in the spring of 2018.

Recruiting student-athletes this early isn’t unprecedented — Alabama football coaches made national news in February after offering an eighth grader — but a lot can and will change between now and 2018.

Gilbert’s decision had UE coach Oties Epps fired up nonetheless.

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