2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

Moriah Jefferson

Position: Guard
Height:  5-7
Weight: 122 lbs
School:  Connecticut ‘16
Hometown: Glenn Heights, Texas

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Member of the 2013 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team that posted a perfect 9-0 record and captured the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Lithuania.
  • Aided the USA U19 squad to a 3-0 exhibition record against U19 teams from Australia, Canada and Spain in the Canary Islands.
  • Member of the 2012 USA Basketball U18 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record, captured the gold medal at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, and qualified the U.S. for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship; averaged a USA team second-best 4.2 apg.
  • Named as a finalist for the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team on May 25, 2011, and competed in the USA’s 49-37 exhibition victory against Brazil’s U19 squad.
  • Participated in the 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team trials.
  • Participated in the 2009 USA U16 National Team trials.

College Honors

  • Big East All-Rookie Team (2013).

College Notes

  • As a freshman in 2012-13, aided Connecticut to a 35-4 record and the 2013 NCAA National Championship; started two of 39 games and averaged 4.7 ppg. and 1.8 apg.
  • Scored in double digits eight times, including three times in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Saw double-digit minutes during each of UConn’s 2013 NCAA games and averaged 6.8 ppg. and 2.0 apg. during the NCAA Tournament.
  • Scored a career-high 16 points versus Idaho in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (3/23/13).

High School Honors

  • MaxPreps All-America first team (2012).
  • Parade Magazine All-American (2012).
  • National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships (NCHBC) Sullivan Award winner (2011, 2012), which was renamed the Moriah Jefferson Award in 2012.
  • USA Today All-USA first team (2012).
  • McDonald’s and WBCA All-American (2012); scored 10 points and reeled in four rebounds at the McDonald’s All-American Game and scored four points to go along with four assists and five steals in the WBCA All-American game.
  • NCHBC Maravich Award winner (2010), the second-most prestigious award given out by the NCHBC.
  • Selected to the NCHBC All-America first team four times.
  • All-area first team (2010, 2011, 2012). 

High School Notes

  • Played five varsity seasons with the Texas Home Educators Sports Association (THESA) as a homeschooled athlete, amassing 3,354 points, 825 rebounds and 728 steals in her career.
  • Helped lead the Riders to five NCHBC basketball titles and five NCHBC Texas Region titles.
  • As a senior in 2011-12, averaged 17.3 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 3.6 apg. and 5.1 spg. to lead her team to a 41-6 record.
  • As a junior in 2010-11, started all 50 games and averaged 21.8 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 4.0 apg. and 4.0 spg. in aiding her team to a 42-8 record.
  • As a sophomore in 2009-10, averaged 17.5 ppg. to help her team to a 42-9 record.
  • As a freshman in 2008-09, started in 50 of 51 games played and averaged 19.5 ppg., 1.7 rpg., 1.7 apg. and 2.8 spg. to help THESA to a 42-10 record.
  • Compiled 509 points, 85 rebounds, 87 assists and 144 steals as an eighth-grader in the 2007-08 season.
  • Played AAU ball for the Lady Panther Elite from 2005-09 before joining and playing for DFW Elite.

Personal Notes

  • Born on Mar. 18, 1994 in Dallas, Texas. Goes by the nickname, “Mo.”
  • Daughter of Robin and Lorenza Jefferson; has two brothers, Joshua and Jeremiah, and one sister, Danielle Noble.
  • A cousin, Kelsie Jefferson, is in the U.S. Navy.
  • Related to Michael Jefferson, Jr., played football at Nebraska from 1989-91; Michael Jefferson, Sr., played football at Southern Colorado State; David Jefferson, played football at Austin College; and Gary Jefferson, played football at Kentucky State.
USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013 U19
8/8
13-47
.277
2-13
.154
4- 5
.800
19/ 2.4
32/ 4.0
31
0
12
2013 U19X
3/3
5- 14
.357
0- 2
.000
0- 0
.000
9/ 3.0
10/ 3.3
9
0
4
2012 U18
5/5
11- 27
.407
0- 5
.000
6-6
1.000
17/3.4
28/5.6
21
5
8
2010 U19X
1/0
0- 1
.000
0- 0
.---
0- 0
.---
1/ 1.0
0/ 0.0
0
0
0
Totals
17/16
29- 89
.326
2-20
.100
10-11
.909
46/ 2.7
70/ 4.1
61
5
24

College Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2012-13
39/2
73- 172
.424
17- 64
.266
19- 25
.760
64/ 1.6
182/ 4.7
69
2
52