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April 29, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - With eight letterwinners and four starters already returning to a team that finished 20-9 in 2009-10, the USC Upstate women's basketball team has certainly not rested on its laurels, as 5-6 point guard Kelci Freds (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw) signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday evening to become the sixth new face to join the Spartan family for the 2010-11 season.
Freds, a 5-6 point guard, capped her career at Warsaw Community by earning mention on Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 100 senior girls and leading Warsaw to a 16-6 overall record and a Northern Lakes Conference title. Averaging 15.1 points thanks to 2.9 3-pointers per game, she earned First Team Indiana Basketball Coaches Association All-Academic team honors and was an Honorable Mention All-State selection. Freds also added 3.3 assists and shot 80 percent (58-for-73) from the free throw line. Also invited to the Champions of Character All-Star Game, Freds scored 10 points in the game and she will appear in the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic on June 19th, representing the Class 3A/4A teams. As a junior, Freds averaged 13.2 points while helping Warsaw to a 13-5 regular-season record. Also a letterwinner in softball, Freds earned all-conference honors in 2009.
"We are very excited about Kelsi joining our program," Upstate head coach Tammy George said. "She is a versatile player that has experience at the point, but she is also a good shooter, so she can slide into the No. 2 slot as well. She is going to create even more competition for minutes at the point guard slot next year and we are going to need that in order to get better as a team."
Upstate has already signed five others: Logan Castlebury (Seagrove, N.C./Eastern Randolph), a 5-8 shooting guard, Seandre Lee (Hinesville, Ga./Bradwell Institute), a 6-1 forward, Madisen Webb (Georgetown, Ky./Scott County), a 5-10 guard/forward, Kyana Jacobs (Dale City, Va./Potomac), a 5-6 point guard and Kim Roach (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora), a 5-10 forward.
Logan Castlebury (Seagrove, N.C./Eastern Randolph), a 5-8 guard, was a four-year letterwinner at Eastern Randolph, helping the team to the Mid-State 2-A Conference semifinals as a senior. She posted five 30-point games as a senior, as she averaged a county-high 21.6 points per game for Eastern Randolph. She hit 73 3-pointers (46 percent) and added nearly 5.0 rebounds per game to earn a slot in the Randleman Drug Senior All-Star game. As a junior, Castlebury averaged 17.2 points. Carolina Scouting Report.com ranked Castlebury 74th in the state overall and 21st amongst shooting guards at the Hoops and Dreams Individual Showcase. Also a member of Eastern Randolph's volleyball team, Castlebury averaged 1.0 kill per set as a senior.
Seandre Lee (Hinesville, Ga./Bradwell Institute), a 6-0 forward, earned Region 3-AAAAA's Player of the Year and the Region 3 Tournament MVP honors at the Bradwell Institute as a senior. She also earned honorable mention all-state honors after helping the Lady Tigers to a 29-2 record thanks to her average of 19.6 points per game, which was 10th in the state. Lee helped the Tigers go 65-11 in her last three years of high school, leading the team to the Elite Eight of the Georgia playoffs as a senior, scoring in double digits in 29 games as a senior, as she shot 54 percent from the field and averaged 1.7 assists per game. Also active in AAU basketball, Lee participated on the South Carolina 76ers.
Madisen Webb (Georgetown, Ky./Scott County), a 5-10 guard/forward, comes to Upstate after a helping lead Scott County to the Kentucky state finals, earning a slot on the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen All-Tournament Team, as she scored 22 points in the semifinal win over Rockcastle County. Webb earned 11th Region tournament MVP honors after scoring 23 points and adding six assists and four rebounds in the team's title game win over Franklin County. She also earned all-region honors and finished 10th in the state in free throw percentage, hitting 81 percent (110-for-136). As a junior, Webb earned All-11th Region regular-season and tournament honors as she helped the Lady Cardinals to the region championship game, where she posted a triple-double, and as a sophomore, she averaged 16.3 points per game.
Webb was ranked as one of the top players in the state by Rick Bolus and the High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service, reaching the Second 12 in the state in 2008 and 2009. Recently, Webb was invited to tryout for the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Games, which will be held on June 11 and June 12.
Kyana Jacobs (Dale City, Va./Potomac), a 5-6 point guard, earned four letters at Potomac High School, also earning four All-Cardinal District selections. A four-time team MVP, Jacons earned Washington Post All-Metropolitan Honorable Mention honors as a senior, capping her career by earning All-Cardinal District Player of the Year honors, All-Northwest Region First Team honors and News & Messenger All-Area Second Team honors. She also earned a slot on South Suburban All-Stars in the Girls Basketball Capital Classic. Jacobs earned First Team All-Northwest Region and second team all-area honors as a junior after averaging 15.4 points, five assists, three steals and four rebounds per game. As a sophomore, the point guard averaged 15 points and five assists per game, helping her earn Washington Post All-Extra team honors. As a freshman, Jacobs averaged 14 points and three assists per game to earn Second Team All-Northwest Region honors.
Also active in club basketball, Jacobs has played for the Fairfax Stars, Virginia Magic, Team Excel, the Metro South All-Stars and the Prince William County Virginians. She was also invited to the Michael T White Top 10 Underclassmen camp. Jacobs is highly touted by several recruiting Web sites, being ranked 85th in the nation at point guard by ESPN Hoop Gurlz.com and she is listed 266th in the nation by the Collegiate Girls' Basketball Report. She is also ranked 66th in the nation at point guard by CGBR.
Kim Roach (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora), a 5-10 forward, earned five letters with the Falcons, earned Class AAA All-State honors twice in her career, as she posted 15.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a senior to earn the honor from the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association and the High School Sports Report. She also earned a slot in the Carolinas All-Star Classic as a member of the South Carolina team. As a junior, she received the honor from both the AP and the High School Sports Report. She also earned all-region and all-area honors as a junior, averaging 15.9 points per game. She was named one of the top five girls' high school players in the class of 2010 by SouthernHoops.net and she was also an all-region selection as a sophomore. Meanwhile, she has played on one of the best teams in the state, helping A.C. Flora earn state rankings in each of the last four seasons, including the squad posting a 14-8 record in 2008-09 and a final ranking of 23rd in the state. Also active in club basketball, Roach played with the GA/Lina 76'ers Nike Team, part of the D&D Development program run by Jerome Dickerson, a former professional NBA trainer. She was also a part of the 2009 Junior/Senior Elite Showcase at Elon University this summer, being named one of the top 50 prospects at the prestigious camp. Roach also played volleyball for the Falcons.
The Spartans are coming off their most successful season in 15 years, as they went 20-9 overall and finished third in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 14-6 mark. Upstate, in its third year of Division I play, was bolstered by the play of Freshman of the Year Tee'Ara Copney and All-A-Sun First Team selection Chelsea McMillan. The Spartans, who will be in their last year of the transition in 2010-11 before becoming eligible for the A-Sun and NCAA postseason tournaments in 2011-12, return three starters and eight letterwinners and also feature the A-Sun's Coach of the Year, Tammy George.