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High school basketball star excels on and off court

Deja Ross is an up-and-coming high school basketball star out of Providence. (Photo courtesy of Deja Ross)

Deja Ross is an up-and-coming high school basketball star out of Providence.

After playing two years at a Lincoln school, she transferred to Pomfret School in Connecticut, where she has excelled on an off the court and has earned a scholarship to play Division-1 basketball at Xavier.

"It's always been a dream of mine since I've started playing basketball, so the fact that I'm actually fulfilling it is pretty surreal," said Ross.

She also shines in the classroom, sporting a 3.32 GPA.

"I guess you can say I worked really hard to get to where I am today,” Ross said. “A lot of hours every day, a lot of consistency. It wasn't easy, but it's possible.”

It’s an exciting time in her life, with graduation coming up. Then, she’ll embark on a new journey as a Division-1 athlete.

"I'm excited to be in a completely new area, like, besides Providence,” said Ross. “It's also a little nerve-racking, as well, because it's a totally different lifestyle that I'm living right now. It's exciting to meet the new people that I'm going to meet and just the whole experience itself is really exciting.”

Ross plans to enroll at Xavier during the summer as she prepares for next basketball season.

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