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Former Choctaw Central star Kyarrah Grant transfers to NSU

Skyla Osceola, center, and Kyarrah Grant, second from right, will be teammates in the 2020-21 season on the Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball team. The photo shows when they were teammates in 2017 on a NAYO championship team that was coached by Skyla’s father Marl, far right, and brother Hunter, far left. (Kevin Johnson photo)

DAVIE — A few years ago Skyla Osceola and Kyarrah Grant teamed up to win a Native American Youth Organization (NAYO) basketball championship in New York.

Now the pair of guards will be teammates again, this time in Davie.

The Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball team announced June 24 that Grant has transferred to the school, where she’ll join Osceola who has been with the team since 2017. Osceola, one of the Seminole Tribe’s all-time top women’s players, was a standout for the Sharks in her freshman year in 2017-18, but has battled injuries since then.

Grant (Navajo/Choctaw) is a 5-foot-7 redshirt-sophomore who spent the past two years at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she played 18 games and scored 35 points as a freshman. She redshirted last season. In high school, Grant helped Choctaw Central win two consecutive state championships in Mississippi.

“Kyarrah is a very skilled guard with great three-point range and a very high basketball IQ,” NSU coach LeAnn Freeland-Curry said in a statement. “Her endurance is evident when watching her compete and she is a relentless competitor. She demonstrates a willingness to be a team player on the floor and knows how to make her team better in order to win big games.”

Grant is familiar with the Osceola family. She and her sister Kyannah had just won a state championship as juniors when they joined Osceola on the championship NAYO team that was coached by Osceola’s father Marl and brother Hunter.

“Just knowing I’m not going to be by myself and that her family is around that area, too, it gives me a lot of assurance,” Grant told the Meridian Star.

Grant is a biology major and plans to earn an advanced degree in the medical field.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at