Raven Ferguson feels like she has been playing on the Africentric Early College girls basketball team "her whole life."

Raven Ferguson feels like she has been playing on the Africentric Early College girls basketball team "her whole life."

Opponents probably feel the same about the senior standout and captain of the ThisWeek Super 12 girls basketball team.

After becoming a starter as a freshman, Ferguson helped the Nubians go 89-15 overall, 56-0 against City League-South Division opponents and win four district championships.

This season, Ferguson was the Division III district Player of the Year while leading Africentric to a regional runner-up finish.

"It will be weird to go to the games next year, but it's just time for me to move on to bigger things," Ferguson said.

Next season, she'll be a freshman at Ohio State.

"Africentric has made me a lot more confident off the court and on the court," she said. "I'll be going in to try to play, and I think I'll have a chance to start. (Africentric) coach (Will) McKinney always says that defense is about pride, about not letting your person score on you. He always tells us that at the next level, that's how you get on the court. I'm still trying to improve and be better."

With Ferguson joining their lineup in 2007-08, the Nubians went 25-2 and lost in the Division IV state final. In 2008-09, they went 23-4 and won the state title as Ferguson made Super 12 honorable mention.

A year ago, Africentric moved up to Division III and lost in a regional semifinal to finish 19-6. Ferguson made first-team all-district and Super 12 as she averaged 23 points, six rebounds, 3.5 assists and four steals.

With Ferguson leading the way this season, the Nubians beat Northland 60-52 on Feb. 12 for their third City title in four years and Columbus School for Girls 74-45 on March 5 for a district title. Africentric's season ended with a 56-50 loss to Fort Recovery in a regional final March 12.

Africentric went 22-3 as Ferguson averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists. She also was selected first-team all-state and was the state's Co-Player of the Year with Ally Malott of Middletown Madison.

She finished with 1,739 career points.

"Raven is clearly Miss Basketball for the state of Ohio," McKinney said. "I think the kid from Twinsburg (Malina Howard) is nice, but Raven Ferguson, when you look at the whole body of work, is deserving."

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