Senior Lauren Oakes signs to play basketball with Washington & Lee

Surrounded by friends, family, teachers and teammates, Spartanburg Day School senior Lauren Oakes signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Washington and Lee University on Friday.

During her senior season, Lauren scored just shy of 1,000 points, had over 500 rebounds and 200 assists. She was MVP for the past two years, and during her Griffin basketball career has been named to the All Region Team, the All Area Team and the All Academic Team. She also played on the volleyball and soccer teams at SDS and was named to All Region teams for both sports.

Lauren said she is looking forward to continuing her basketball career at the collegiate level.

"I am truly honored that I get the opportunity to continue my athletic career at Washington and Lee University," said Oakes. "Playing basketball is something I have been doing since I was in the first grade, and I can't imagine stopping now. My teammates and coaches have continuously pushed me, and I owe so much to them. I'm especially grateful for Coach Fanchon Sartor as she has been a major part of my journey since I was in middle school. I will miss playing with my team in our Spartanburg Day School jerseys, but I am excited about what the future holds for all of us."

Athletic Director Rita Harrell says she has enjoyed watching Lauren grow both as an individual and as an athlete.

"When I arrived on campus in 2012 and Lauren was in the seventh grade, I knew she was special," Harrell said. "I have watched her grow both as a person and as a three-sport athlete over the past six years and am amazed at her adaptability. I'm going to miss her but can't wait to travel to W and L to watch her play."

Senior Lauren Oakes signs to play basketball with Washington & Lee