Clash Basketball Girls

Norman NOrth's Fatima Black sets up a shot during the Clash basketball game, Friday, Feb 14, 2020, at Norman High School. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)

Norman North rising senior Fatima Black announced her college plans Monday.

Black is taking her talents to Division I program Morgan State, based in Baltimore, Maryland, and a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Morgan State is a historically Black research university, which the North standout cited as a reason for her commitment to the Bears.

"I am very proud to announce that I am participating in the Athlete to HBCU movement!" Fatima Black wrote in a note posted to her Twitter account. "I have been overwhelmed with the familial love and welcoming home to Morgan State. I encourage all my fellow athletes to seriously take notice of HBCU athletics and education!"

Black had an exceptional junior season, where she became an integral part of the Timberwolves' success.

North went 17-9 last season and exited the postseason with a 42-36 loss to Putnam City West in an area-round elimination game.

Black added to a strong North frontcourt that had the athletes and shooters to stretch the floor beyond the post.

She was named the team's most improved player by the program for her 2019-20 season efforts. Her role is likely to further increase with the departure of fellow forward Jessika Evans this coming season.

Joe Buettner is the Norman Transcript's sports editor. You can contact him at 405-366-3580 or jbuettner@normantranscript.com. Follow him on Twitter, @ByJoeBuettner.

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