KLAMATH FALLS, Ore--- "You know she just has some of the most incredible one-on-one moves, some of the best I have seen for a high school kid," said Oregon Tech Women’s Basketball coach Scott Meredith of incoming freshman Jadence Clifton.
The Del Norte native was a top-10 scorer in the state of California during her junior season. During that season, Clifton averaged 25.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 54% from the floor and 73% from the free throw line. Clifton has a lethal repertoire of offensive moves that lead her to the basket.
"She has a beautiful outside shot but she can post up and she crossover, spin, and studder-step all in the same move,” said Meredith.
On top of the stats, Clifton is a winner. She led Del Norte High School to its first ever playoff appearance in 2018-19. As a junior, her 25.5 points per game led the North Coast Section. In three seasons, she piled up 1,463 points which was 12 short of the all-time Del Norte record. Clifton also earned a H-DNL Big 5 Conference Co-MVP.
Those kinds of numbers will lead to a lot of recruiting attention. Scott Meredith had to convince Clifton to come to the cold Klamath Basin over the warm state of Hawaii. In the end, there was one big reason that kept Clifton near home.
"Definitely being so close to home. Just, I mean it is about a 3- or 4-hour drive. Just being close to family is a super big deal to me," said Clifton.
School selection is not the only thing her family has a major influence on. She will also carry a special connection the number “35” that she will wear on her jersey.
"So, my Dad [Justin Clifton] actually wore that in high school here at Del Norte,” said Clifton. “So, I thought it would be cool to honor him in that way since he has coached me my whole life.”
Meredith says that the four incoming freshmen are of one of the most decorated classes in OIT history. Clifton is just excited to contribute.
"I am super humbled,” said Clifton. “I always give 100% no matter what and I think they will see that on the court. Yeah, I am super excited.”
In the video above, you can catch a video feature on Jadence Clifton.