Anaya Peoples returns to her home country to resume her college basketball career. But not with the Illinois women’s program.
The 2019 Schlarman graduate made a verbal commitment to DePaul on Friday morning, less than a month after entering the transfer gate out of Notre Dame.
A Blue Demons women’s basketball social media post said Peoples had also signed their national letter of intent.
“So excited for this new chapter. Thank you Coach (Doug) Bruno for this opportunity,” Peoples wrote on Twitter, sharing a photo of herself in DePaul gear. “Officially a Blue Demon #22.”
The 5-foot-10 guard has two more years of college eligibility after spending three seasons in South Bend, Ind. She announced her impending transfer from Notre Dame on March 30 and was soon coveted by several Division I teams.
Tricia Peoples, Anaya’s mother, said her daughter has received new offers from California, DePaul, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa, Kansas State, Kentucky, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri State, Oregon, Michigan State, Oregon and Purdue.
DePaul finished 22-11 in the 2021-22 season, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament and suffering a first-round loss.
Anaya Peoples averaged 3.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and a steal in his junior season with the Irish. She averaged 12.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.9 steals as a true rookie before suffering a right shoulder injury that required surgery, and she collected averaged 9.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals as a sophomore.
Peoples was a three-time News-Gazette All-Area Women’s Basketball Player of the Year with Schlarman, which she led to the 2018 and 2019 IHSA Class 1A State Championships. Peoples was also the Player of the Year NG 2019.
Colin Likas is the preparation coordinator at The News-Gazette. He can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter at @clikasNG.