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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball program inked Virginia standout Raven Jefferson to its 2013-14 recruiting class during the NCAA's early signing period as announced by head coach Tammy George.
Jefferson hails from Forest, Va., where she is a senior at nearby Liberty Christian Academy after transferring from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. She is ranked as the 194th best high school player in the country by Peach State Hoops director Brandon Clay.
"As a player, our staff feels Raven adds depth to each guard position in the backcourt," George said. "She is a versatile wing player who is long and athletic. Her ability to defend multiple guard positions along with being able to either shoot from the perimeter or score off the dribble are things we look forward to seeing in a Spartan uniform."
She will bring length and athleticism to the Spartan backcourt. Her high school team is coming off of a state championship game appearance a year ago and is off to a 2-0 start this season, winning by an average of 30.5 points per game. Jefferson opened her senior campaign by earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Flint Hill Tip-Off Tournament and averaging 18.5 points per game.
As a freshman she was a Second Team All-Blue Ridge Conference selection at Liberty Christian. Jefferson earned First Team All-Conference honors during her sophomore year, before transferring to Oak Hill for one season. In 11th grade, she averaged 9.0 points a game, 4.5 rebounds a contest and 4.0 assists an outing for nationally ranked Oak Hill.
"Raven has been a part of two very successful high school programs," George said. "She is a winner not only on the court, but off the court." We are excited for her and her family to become a part of our Spartan family."
Jefferson has excelled in the classroom as well, being named to the A-Honor Roll at Liberty Christian. During the 2011-12 academic year at Oak Hill, she made the A-Honor Roll, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She also collected academic honors for her college credit U.S. History class and computer applications course.