Alexis Markowski

Alex Markowski averaged 13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while helping lead Lincoln Pius X to the state semifinals.

Alexis Markowski has a familiar last name to basketball fans in Nebraska.

Her father, Andy Markowski, graduated from Ord and played for Nebraska from 1995-1999.

Now Alexis, a rising junior at Lincoln Pius X, is charting her own path, and Sunday night she announced her commitment to play basketball at South Dakota State.

“It felt like the perfect fit for me and my family,” Markowski said. “Starting with the great coaching staff, players, facilities, education, fan base and success as a basketball program.”

The Jackrabbits beat out UNO and Colorado State for Markowski. She also received interest from Nebraska, Creighton, Iowa State, Grand Canyon, South Dakota, Illinois State and Drake.

But she feels SDSU is the best fit for her.

"On my last visit I knew that SDSU was the place for me," Markowski said. "I had plans of waiting to the end of summer and commit somewhere in the fall but I couldn’t imagine not going to SDSU. I felt that it was the perfect fit for me and I felt that I could really make an impact at SDSU."

Markowski, a 6-foot-2 forward, averaged 13.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Class A state semifinalist Thunderbolts.

Markowski is a multi-sport athlete at Pius and was also a leader for the Class A semifinalist volleyball team last fall. She plans to continue playing both sports in high school.

"I also had (volleyball) interest from Creighton, Iowa State and Kansas State, but I never pursued any of my volleyball interest because I knew I wanted to continue to play basketball in college," Markowski said. "But I have still continued to play both at the club level and will continue both in high school.​"

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