Briggs Tabbed to Jordan Brand Classic Roster

2019 University of Florida women’s basketball signee Lavender Briggs has been tabbed one of 24 players nationwide to play in the Jordan Brand Classic. Briggs becomes the first women’s basketball signee to be named to the event’s roster which is in its 18th year (fifth year for the girls’ game).

The Jordan Brand Classic will be held Saturday, April 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and features a double header with both a girls and boys game. Briggs joins heralded men’s basketball signee Tre Mann in the event that showcases the “next generation” of talent.

Briggs, one of the most prolific scorers in the 2019 class, ranks top 10 in the country with a 32.2 points per game average and broke the state of Utah’s single game scoring record with a 53 point explosion earlier this season. She also set a new program record for most career points scored at Provo High school.

Briggs is ranked No. 48 overall play in the class by ESPN and notched a McDonald’s All-American Game nomination.

One of five incoming SEC players expected to suit up for the game, Briggs joins three South Carolina recruits and a Tennessee signee.

Briggs stars at Provo High School in Provo, Utah and has started at the varsity level since her freshman season. With her No. 48 overall ranking, she is the highest-rated recruit to sign with Newbauer at Florida. Briggs has been recognized by the Deseret News in each of her three completed varsity seasons, once as an Honorable Mention 4A All-State player in 2016, once as a First-Team 4A All-State performer in 2017 and again in 2018, when she registered First-Team 5A All-State honors. As a junior she brought home several accolades including All-Valley Defensive Player of the Year, All-Region MVP Region 8 and USA Today First-Team Utah honors after putting together an impressive season stat line of 25.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game to go with 3.4 steals. Briggs, who was born in New York and moved to Utah when she was eight, participated in the 2018 U17 U.S. National Team trials in Colorado Springs.

One of four 4-star players in Coach Newbauer’s 2019 class, Briggs joins Brylee Bartram (Tampa, Fla.), Faith Dut (Vancouver, B.C.) and Nina Rickards (Queens, NY). Florida is one of four SEC programs to have at least three McDonald’s All-American Game nominees in its 2019 class joining Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

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