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Anna Webster of South Johnston to play basketball at Charleston Southern

Anna Webster signs with the University of Charleston Southern to play basketball with (seated, from left), her mother, Ginger Webster, her brother, Sam Webster, (standing, from left) South Johnston athletics director Brody Massengill, assisstant girls basketball coach Anna Raynor Marbry, Carolina All-Stars coach Brian Norwood, Anna’s father, John Webster, head girls basketball coach Ronda Johnson and South Johnston principal Dr. David Pearce.
Anna Webster signs with the University of Charleston Southern to play basketball with (seated, from left), her mother, Ginger Webster, her brother, Sam Webster, (standing, from left) South Johnston athletics director Brody Massengill, assisstant girls basketball coach Anna Raynor Marbry, Carolina All-Stars coach Brian Norwood, Anna’s father, John Webster, head girls basketball coach Ronda Johnson and South Johnston principal Dr. David Pearce. cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: John and Ginger Webster

Height: 5-foot-9

High School: South Johnston

Club/Travel Team: Carolina All-Stars

Also Considered: UNC Pembroke, Mount Olive

Why Charleston Southern? “It has always been my goal to play at the Division I level. CSU is a D-I school in the Big South Conference and it offers my field of study. I also like the Charleston school environment and the small student body.”

Major: Kinesiology

Notable: Anna finished her four-year varsity career at South Johnston with 1,572 points, 600 rebounds, 203 assists and 104 steals. She played in 97 games for the green and gold in her career. … She averaged a career-high 23.8 points per game as a senior and also a career-high 7.9 rebounds a game for the Trojans. ... She projects to play guard at CSU but knows her flexibility on the court — which was one of her strong points during her career at South Johnston — could be called upon to play different roles. … Anna was an All-State selection as a junior by ncpreps.com and was the Two Rivers 3A Conference Player of the Year as a junior. … “I’ll remember playing ball and making memories with a lot of my closest friends most of all,” she said of her athletics career. … Anna wants to become a quicker defensive player and work on her ball handling to be better prepared for the college game. … She is eyeing a career as a physical therapist.

South Johnston coach Ronda Johnson: “Anna is a player who was told she was not fast enough last year to play D-1 basketball. She started the next day with a trainer and has been working out after school every day and on weekends. Before school, she was in the gym at 5:30 on the shooter, getting in 350 shots before class. She worked out after practice three days a week on just her strength and agility.”

D. Clay Best: 919-524-8895, @dclaybest

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