USC Upstate head women’s basketball coach Tammy George has announced this afternoon the signings of Vanessa Agrusa, DeNisha Swain and Bailey Wensler to National Letters of Intent for the upcoming 2015-16 season.
“We are excited to welcome all three recruits to our basketball program and we think they all will be really good players for Upstate,” said George, who will be entering her 11th season at Upstate in 2015-16.
Agrusa is a 5-10 guard from Franklin, North Carolina. She attended Franklin High School and played four years of basketball under head coach Scott Hartbarger. Agrusa was named Franklin’s Most Valuable Player this past season after being selected the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Class AA Player of the Year. She compiled over 1,000 points and 500 assists for her career, and is the all-time leader in assists while ranking second in scoring. Agrusa earned All-Conference honors all four seasons and was selected three times to the All-District and All-Tournament Teams. She also garnered All-Region Team accolades in 2014. Agrusa recently participated in the Blue-White All-Star Game. She is the daughter of Vince and Teresa Agrusa.
“Vanessa has played positions one through four throughout her high school career,” added George. “She brings a lot of versatility to our program.”
Swain hails from Jacksonville, Fla. and is a 5-7 guard. She attended the same school as current Spartan A’Lexxus Davis in Potter’s House Christian Academy where she lettered in basketball. Swain finished her career at Potter’s House compiling 1,066 points, 382 assists and 323 steals after serving as team captain for three years. She was a Sunshine Independent Athletic Association (SIAA) All-State performer while also earning Team MVP honors. Swain helped Potter’s House to a National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) National Championship during her career. She is the daughter of Sheria McCall Montgomery.
Wensler stands 5-8 and is a guard from Stillwater, Oklahoma where she played at Perkins-Tryon High School. She lettered four years each in basketball and track while earning numerous athletic accolades in each sport. Wensler finished her senior season averaging 12.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while being named 66 Conference MVP and All-State as the Demons won the District Championship. She was selected 66 All-Conference in each of her four seasons while garnering Stillwater NewsPress All-Area accolades as a junior and senior. Wensler has also been a state qualifier in the 800- and 1600-meters, and 3200-meter relay in track. She is the school’s valedictorian and was voted senior class president and vice president of the student council. She is the daughter of Craig and Misty Wensler.
“DeNisha and Bailey will be a great addition to our backcourt,” George said. “They both have a lot of qualities that will help them contribute to our program.”