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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Moriah Jefferson off to impressive start

With her future UConn teammates Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck have yet to play an official game this season, Moriah Jefferson has led her THESA Riders squad to an 8-0 start with five 20-point efforts to date.

Jefferson had a season-high 34 points and 12 rebounds against AAA Academy. She also had 22 steals in a two-game span.

Thanks to THESA Riders coach Alan Burt, here are her numbers through the first eight games. Jefferson is averaging 28.4 points per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor including an impressive 59 percent from 3-point range (19 of 32) and 82 percent from the foul line. Jefferson actually missed her first two free throws and had promptly hit 23 of her last 26. She is contributing 5.2 rebounds, 3 assists and 6.9 steals per game.

Getting back to Stewart and Tuck, Stewart's first game as a senior at Cicero-North Syracuse (N.Y.) High is on Dec. 11 against Liverpool at the Carrier Dome while Tuck and Bolingbrook (Ill.) HS opens up on Friday against Riverdale (Tenn.) High in a game played at Memphis Central High School as part of the third annual Tennessee Turkey Jam.

Speaking of recruiting, I don't recall there being much buzz surrounding Jasmine Camp during the recruiting process but after watching her impressive performance for Stanford against UConn on Monday, I was curious where she was ranked. I checked ESPN's recruiting database and she checked in at No. 83 in last year's high school class. Five of Stanford's freshmen were ranked ahead of Camp on the list but she looked like not only the Cardinal's best freshman against the Huskies but the best guard for her team. I know it is just one game but she is a perfect example why people shouldn't put too much stock in any of these recruiting rankings. Something tells me four years from now it will be laughable that she was ranked so low by these recruiting "experts."

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