Gamecock star has retired high school jersey

South Carolina basketball star Raven Johnson had quite the revenge tour in the 2023-2024 season. A year after experiencing the toughest moment of her basketball life, the All-SEC point guard pressured No. 1 overall WNBA Draft pick Caitlin Clark and led her team to another national championship.

Johnson has at least one more year in garnet and black (she had a medical redshirt in the 2021-2022 campaign, meaning she could play two more years if she wanted), and after a stellar performance as a redshirt sophomore, South basketball fans Carolina I can’t wait to see what heights she and her Gamecock teammates can reach next season.

This offseason, Johnson has received a lot of praise for her perseverance and her improvements on the court, and she has earned all the love she has received. However, one recent award has to be extra special for the Gamecock guard.

On Monday, Raven Johnson had her #25 jersey retired at West Lake High School (Atlanta, Georgia) during a ceremony at her high school gym.

Johnson was a top-5 national prospect coming out of West Lake in the class of 2021, and she was ranked as the top point guard in the class. While she puts up good stats, much like the South Carolina basketball team, her impact goes far beyond the box score because she is simply a winning player. While in high school, she led West Lake to four consecutive Georgia 7A state championships and a Geico National Championship as a senior.

Johnson’s honor comes in as the first of two high school jersey retirements for a current Gamecock, as forward Sania Feagin will receive the honor later this month at Forest Park High School.

Johnson and the Gamecocks have about six months left before their season begins with a game against an undisclosed opponent in Las Vegas.

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