Raven Johnson will look to keep South Carolina’s success going when she arrives on campus in 2021. | Photo courtesy of South Carolina Athletics
The South Carolina Gamecocks have a stellar recruiting class for 2021 that features No. 2 Raven Johnson, No. 3 Saniya Rivers, No. 4 Sania Feagin and No. 14 Bree Hall. Johnson officially joined Feagin and Hall as a member of the program by signing on Thursday.
On Thursday the South Carolina women’s basketball team officially announced the signing of Atlanta’s Raven Johnson, who is the No. 2 recruit in the Hoop Gurlz Class of 2021 behind only Azzi Fudd, who announced her decision to attend UConn on Wednesday.
Johnson is a 5-foot-8 point guard who won three state championships at Westlake High School and was named Georgia Miss Basketball in 2020.
Here’s what South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley had to say of the top-ranked player in her 2021 signing class:
Raven is the ultimate point guard. She’s a two-way player in her presence on both sides of the floor as the lead guard, understanding where everybody needs to be and unafraid and unapologetic about telling people where they need to be. We couldn’t ask for a better point guard, and she’s really just scratching the surface. Her work ethic will definitely set her apart from everybody else. When I watched her play, she made her mark on defense. She takes no prisoners and is unafraid to take on a challenge.
No. 2 recruit in the country @hollywoodraven is officially a GAMECOCK … IT’S LITTY!
— GamecockWBB (@GamecockWBB) November 14, 2020
In addition to Johnson, No. 14 recruit Bree Hall (a 5-foot-11 guard from Ohio) signed with South Carolina on Wednesday and No. 4 recruit Sania Feagin (a 6-foot-3 forward from Georgia) singed with the program on Thursday.
Other news from Nov. 11 (signing day)
No. 1 Hoop Gurlz recruit Azzi Fudd of Washington, D.C., committed to the UConn Huskies on ESPN Instagram Live on Wednesday.
Fudd was one of the few 2021 recruits who remained undecided until national signing day.
Welcome to UConn, Azzi! pic.twitter.com/b7eydopP9C
— UConn Women’s Basketball (@UConnWBB) November 11, 2020
Not only does UConn now have the No. 1 recruit from 2020 in Paige Bueckers and 2021 in Fudd, the Huskies also added 2021’s No. 5 recruit Caroline Ducharme, a 5-foot-10 guard. Combined with 5-foot-11 guards Bueckers and Fudd, the Huskies have a pretty solid future backcourt.
Welcome to UConn, Caroline! pic.twitter.com/pkQcUoqwSL
— UConn Women’s Basketball (@UConnWBB) November 11, 2020
To round out its 2021 signing class, UConn also signed No. 15 recruit Amari DeBerry, a 6-foot-5 forward, and No. 30 recruit Saylor Poffenbarger, a 6-foot-2 guard.
The North Carolina Tar Heels brought in highly-ranked recruit Deja Kelly for the 2020-21 season and on Wednesday signed four of the Top 20 prospects from the Class of 2021: 6-foot-3 wing Teonni Key (No. 9), 5-foot-7 point guard Kayla McPherson (No. 17), 6-foot-0 guard Morasha Wiggins (No. 18) and 6-foot-3 wing Destiny Adams (No. 20).
Key remains in her home state of North Carolina but the Heels did a great job of drawing players from around the nation: McPherson from Georgia, Wiggins from Michigan and Adams from New Jersey.
Welcome the newest Tar Heels and the #️⃣2️⃣ recruiting class in the nation!
— Carolina Women’s Basketball (@uncwbb) November 11, 2020
The USC Trojans, who have the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation, were happy to announce the signings of No. 21 and No. 27 recruits Clarice Akunwafo and Rayah Marshall, respectively. Akunwafo is a 6-foot-5 post and the second-best in her class. Marshall is a 6-foot-3 guard and both she and Akunwafo are from California.
✌️of the BEST, stay on the WEST ✍️
Welcome to the Women of Troy, Clarice and Rayah!
— USC Women’s Basketball (@USCWBB) November 11, 2020
Maryland was one of the final four teams that Fudd considered, demonstrating that the Terrapins are still on the radar of the top players in the nation. While Fudd ultimately chose UConn, the Terps still welcome No. 22 recruit Shyanne Sellers, a 6-foot guard from Ohio. On Wednesday they also signed Emma Chardon, a 6-foot-3 wing from Switzerland who has quite a bit of professional basketball experience.
— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@TerpsWBB) November 11, 2020
Another perennial power, the NC State Wolfpack, welcome No. 36 recruit Aziaha James, a 5-foot-9 guard from Virginia. They also signed Sophie Hart of Minnesota, the No. 5 post player in the class.
Officially a part of the PACK
— #8 NC State WBB (@PackWomensBball) November 11, 2020
Joining a rising Arizona Wildcats program are No. 71 recruit and home-state star Madison Conner and No. 100 recruit Aaronette Vonleh from Oregon.
— Arizona Women’s Basketball (@ArizonaWBB) November 11, 2020
Elsewhere, head coach Kim Mulkey has been working her magic in Waco. New Lady Bear Maryam Dauda will be following a long line of successful posts at Baylor. The 6-foot-4 Dauda is the No. 13 overall recruit and the No. 1 post player in the nation.
✒️ SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED! ️
No. 1-Ranked Post, Maryam Dauda Signs with Lady Bears!
— Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) November 11, 2020
The Mississippi State Bulldogs, meanwhile, welcome a pair of guards to their program as they look to build in the recently-started Nikki McCray-Penson era. KN’isha Godfrey, the No. 40 prospect and No. 8 point guard, is heading to “StarkVegas” from Florida, while guard Jasmine Shavers, the No. 55 recruit, will be arriving from Texas. Mississippi State also signed guard Mia Moore on Wednesday.
Tampa ➡️ StarkVegas
— Mississippi State WBK (@HailStateWBK) November 11, 2020
The Iowa Hawkeyes snagged Caitlin Clark, the No. 4 recruit for 2020, and on Wednesday signed 2021’s No. 39 recruit AJ Ediger, a 6-foot-2 forward from Michigan, and No. 92 recruit Addison O’Grady, a 6-foot-3 post from Colorado. The Hawkeyes also added Sydney Affolter, a 5-foot-11 guard from Chicago.
Our 2021-22 Hawkeye Family is complete! ✅
Help us welcome our three newest additions.
— Iowa Women’s BBall (@IowaWBB) November 11, 2020
The Tennessee Lady Volunteers are hoping to make a huge jump in head coach Kellie Harper’s second year. Prospect No. 43 Sara Puckett and No. 62 Kaiya Wynn were signed today, as was Brooklynn Miles.
Making it officially official! ✍️
— Lady Vol Basketball (@LadyVol_Hoops) November 11, 2020