May 3, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech signed the second leading scorer in the history of Texas high school girls basketball Wednesday when head coach Teresa Weatherspoon inked guard Brittney Jefferson to a national letter of intent.
Jefferson is a 5-foot-9-inch shooting guard that has spent the past two years at Angelina College in Texas where she was named all-region as a sophomore and all-conference both seasons.
During her prep career at Leggett High School in Texas, Jefferson scored 4,258 points, which ranks second all-time in the state behind only Adrian McGowen, while earning four straight district MVP titles. The two-time all-state selection averaged 34.7 points per game as a senior, the 12th highest single season scoring average in Texas high school girls' basketball history.
"What an awesome young lady," Weatherspoon said. "When you read about what she has done in her career, it's impressive. She can score. Can you imagine ranking that high in the state of Texas? That is amazing. We know she can score. She is a great kid. She told me she wants to work hard and she wants to be great. However, she said the most important thing was to get her education. She is a kid who knows how to prioritize. She knows what this program is all about."
Jefferson had four career 50-plus point scoring games, including a pair of 57-point performances. She was ranked as the 66th best shooting guard in the country by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report her senior year in high school.
"To have a kid that can score at will is what we need," Weatherspoon said. "We are truly finding an identity with these kids we have. I think I have a feel for the talent we have and how we will utilize it. To have Brittney as part of this, I think we have something very special in her."
Jefferson averaged 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 assists as a sophomore while shooting 41 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line for head coach Byron Coleman. She is ranked as the 10th best shooting guard and the 66th best player in the junior college ranks according to Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Jefferson joins Lulu Perry, Veanca Hall, Janay Borum and Jasmine Bryant as part of this year's signing class for Louisiana Tech.
Angelina: Lettered two years for coach Byron Coleman at Angelina College in Texas ... Averaged 15.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 41 percent from field and 75 percent from the free throw line as a sophomore ... Named to the All-Region XIV and all-conference honors as a sophomore ... Named honorable mention all-conference as a freshman ... Ranked as the 10th best shooting guard and 65th best player in the junior college ranks by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ... High School: Lettered four years for coach Terri Barlow at Leggett High School in Texas ... Named the district MVP all four years ... Named all-region three times ... Named to the all-state tournament team three times ... Named all-state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches twice ... Named TABC all-star ... Named Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star ... Finished her high school career ranked No. 2 all-time in scoring (4,258 points) in Texas girls basketball history (former Lady Techsters Pennee Hall and Debra Williams are ranked No. 4 and 5) ... Averaged 34.7 points per game as a senior, the 12th highest single season scoring average in Texas high school girls basketball history ... Scored a career-high 57 points twice during her career ... Ranked as the 66th best shooting guard in the country by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report ... Also lettered in cross country and track and field for four years ... Personal: Full name is Brittney Rena' Jefferson ... Daughter of Curtis Jefferson and Rosalind Barlow ... Has one brother, Rashod Livingston ... Born Jan. 17, 1992 in Livingston, Texas.