June 12, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- Former University of Memphis guard Lauren McGraw, who appeared in each of the Tigers' 32 games last season, will transfer to be a part of the UAB women's basketball program, Blazers' head coach Randy Norton announced on Wednesday.
McGraw, a 5-foot-10 guard who started 12 games last year, will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining to play for the Blazers starting in 2014-15.
"Lauren is a very athletic player with a huge upside," Norton said. "She comes from a great family and excels at everything she does, whether it is on the court or in the classroom.
"She will actually join us this summer and will sit out a year, so our staff will have time to develop her before she starts playing for us in 2014. She is a player that we are really excited about and feel like she will step in and play a key role for us."
Over the last two seasons, McGraw played in 63 games and drew 16 starts for the Tigers. Perhaps the best performance of her career came last year against Saint Louis when she scored 11 points and knocked down 2-for-3 from behind the arc.
The Lauderhill, Fla., native went to Memphis from Dillard High School, where she helped her team to back-to-back 5A state championships while playing for Florida high school's all-time winningest coach, Marcia Pinder.
McGraw was a decorated high school athlete before joining Memphis. She was named the No. 71 rated guard and a three-star prospect in the 2011-12 class by ESPN HoopGurlz. As a high school senior, she was a Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State honoree and a Sun Sentinel scholar athlete, after averaging 7.2 points and 4.0 assists per contest.
McGraw joins Miranda Burroughs and Bianca Dufelmeier as the first three signees for Norton. Burroughs and Dufelmeier will both be eligible to play this coming season.