Inside the PD: Denbigh's Baldwin-Kollore commits to UDC

After making a splash in her one season in the Peninsula District, Denbigh’s Taj Baldwin-Kollore has committed to the University of the District of Columbia’s women’s basketball program.

Baldwin-Kollore, who transferred from Olympia High in Orlando, Fla., prior to her senior year, was the PD’s third-leading scorer last season at 19.5 points a game. She accounted for 57 percent of Denbigh’s scoring.

“Taj is probably one of the best kids I know,” Denbigh coach Jimmie Gerald said. “She has a heart of gold and exemplifies excellence on and off the court.

“She holds every skill on the court — shooting, dribbling and passing — but always wants to improve. She loved her teammates so much that she even played softball this spring to continue enjoying the friendships. She's a special kid whose been through a lot but overcome a lot.”

UDC is one of the top Division II programs in the nation. Under eighth-year coach Jay Butler, the Firebirds went 21-7 and made the NCAA tournament.

“I’m really excited about moving to the Capitol City and joining my new teammates,” Baldwin-Kollore said. “UDC has a great coach and the team is very talented.

“I hope to come in, study hard and make an immediate impact. I want to thank my family, friends and coaches for supporting me this year, and for years to come.”


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