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White Oak’s Levi Yancy Weighs College Options

White Oak’s Levi Yancy goes up for a shot during a 63-44 regional semifinal win against Salado on March 2 at SFA. (Christopher Vinn,

White Oak’s Levi Yancy has been a busy man lately.

The 6-foot-7 forward helped his Roughnecks’ polish off a second consecutive Class 2A state basketball championship less than a month ago and is now running track.

Yancy has also started taking official visits as his basketball recruiting has taken off.

The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ 2A Player of the Year received an offer from Texas A&M-Commerce last week and took an official visit Tuesday. He came away impressed.

“They’re really, really nice, and proud of what they have,” Yancy said. “I like the fact they’re willing to let me look around.”

Yancy, who averaged more than 12 points and 10 rebounds as a senior, was told he had until April 27th to make a decision by A&M-Commerce coach Sam Walker.

Texas A&M-Commerce, an NCAA Division II program, and Angelina College, an NJCAA Division I program, have offered Yancy, who has received interest from Louisiana Tech (D-I), South Alabama (D-I), Panola College (JUCO D-I), and Temple College (JUCO D-I).

Yancy said another JUCO D-I school, Tyler Junior College, will make an in-home visit Friday.

“As for favorites, right now it’s between Commerce and TJC,” Yancy said. “I just need more to compare it to.”

Yancy played inside for White Oak, but has a solid skill set for a taller player. That will help him transition to the wing, where it appears he’ll play in college.

“Commerce offered me as a 2 or 3, and TJC talked a little about playing there, too,” he said. “Angelina wants me in the post, and I really prefer not playing on the block in college.”

Along with his Player of the Year award, the TABC tabbed Yancy as an all-state and all-region selection. He was also an all-tournament performer at the state tournament and helped White Oak to a 74-2 record the last two seasons and 104-6 record in the last three seasons.

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