Arlington’s Jenna Villa takes the ball up the court against Everett during a Class 3A District 1 tournament game on Feb. 15 at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Villa announced her verbal commitment to Washington State University on Friday. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Arlington’s Jenna Villa takes the ball up the court against Everett during a Class 3A District 1 tournament game on Feb. 15 at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Villa announced her verbal commitment to Washington State University on Friday. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Arlington’s Jenna Villa gives verbal pledge to WSU

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals per game for the Eagles as a junior.

Snohomish County’s top girls basketball recruit from the class of 2023 is off the board.

Arlington High School rising senior Jenna Villa, a four-star recruit ranked No. 63 overall in the country by ESPN.com, announced that she’s verbally committed to Washington State University Friday on Twitter.

“I am super excited to announce that I have committed to Washington State University to continue my athletic and academic career,” Villa wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to coach (Kamie) Ethrdige and coach Laruie (Koehn) for believing in me since the beginning! Thank you to my parents for helping me throughout this process in any way they could, and pushing me everyday to be my best self.

“I also want to thank Mo Hines, Kyra Prause, (Arlington coach) Joe Marsh and Chris Hansen for helping me grow and get better as a person and player. Go Cougs!”

Villa chose WSU over offers from Arizona, Gonzaga, Montana State, Ohio State, Sacramento State, Utah and Washington.

An uber-talented 6-foot-2 guard with seemingly limitless shooting range, Villa torched opponents to the tune of 21 points per game while shooting 36% from beyond the arc and 85% from the free-throw line during her junior season at Arlington. She added nine rebounds, three assists and three steals per game. Villa helped the Eagles claim a Wesco 3A/2A title, a district championship and a third-place trophy at the Class 3A Hardwood Classic. She was named to the 3A girls all-tournament second team after averaging 16.3 points, seven rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals over three games at the Hardwood Classic.

For her efforts, Villa was named The Herald’s 2021-22 All-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

The Arlington standout joins a short list of Snohomish County products who have taken their talents to the Pac-12 level in recent years, including Lynnwood’s Mikayla Pivec (Oregon State), Edmonds-Woodway’s Missy Peterson (Washington) and Glacier Peak’s Sammy Fatkin (Arizona).

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