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Yonta Vaughn Headlines West Virginia 2022 Recruiting Class

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Yonta Vaughn headlines a three-player class for West Virginia women’s basketball, as the Mountaineers claimed two Top 100 players in the early signing period.

Vaughn, a 5-foot-7 guards from District Heights, Maryland, is the highest-ranked player in the class. Vaughn is rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, and she is ranked No. 49 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, No. 66 by All-Star Girls Report No. 72 by ESPN.

Vaughn led Bishop McNamara High School to the 2020 WCAC Championship in 2020.


Imarianah Russell is a 5-foot-11 guards from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, who has been named All-State in Ohio three times, made the Super 12 Ohio All-Star Team twice and scored more than 1,000 points in her high school career.

Russell is also a four-star prospect who is ranked No. 83 by ESPN and No. 113 player nationally by All-Star Girls Report. ESPN also rates her as a Top 25 guard.

Avery Strickland is a 6-foot-1 guard from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she plays for Farragut High School. She is an all-district and all-region performer, along with being named the Knox News Athlete of the Year last season.

She is ranked No. 101 by All-Star Girls Report and No. 115 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Strickland also plays softball for Farragut, where she holds the school record for batting average and shares the school record for on-base percentage.

West Virginia opens its season on Nov. 16 when it hosts Saint Francis (PA).

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