Leticia Romero is headed to Florida State.
The All-Big 12 point guard, who won her release from Kansas State last month after an ugly seven-week public fight with the school, will sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules and be eligible to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
Following two denials for a release — the first by K-State athletic director John Currie and the second by an appeals committee — Romero was eventually granted her release from the university after school administrators made a policy change and retroactively applied it to the Wildcats’ leader in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals this past season.
With three seasons of eligibility following next season, Romero will join a Seminoles team that was 21-12 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament this past season.
“Leticia is a significant addition to Florida State women’s basketball,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said in a statement released by the school Monday afternoon.
“She has already proven that she is a tremendous player at this level. She led her team in 10 statistical categories as a freshman in the Big 12. We’re looking forward to Leti being an integral part of the Seminole family.”
Florida State was the runner-up to K-State during Romero’s initial recruitment out of Spain where the 5-foot-8 guard became one of the top players on the international level a year ago. Romero had also considered Virginia Tech during the initial recruiting process.
Romero’s release from K-State barred her from transferring to another Big 12 institution.