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Liberty Signs Cuffee to National Letter of Intent

November 9, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Signs Cuffee to National Letter of Intent

Liberty Head Men's Basketball Coach Ritchie McKay has announced the signing of Elijah Cuffee, a 6-4 wing, to a national letter of intent for the 2017-18 academic year.

"You want to talk about a player who impacts the outcome of the game - just watch Elijah play," commented McKay. "He's got a great motor, he's an incredibly versatile player, he effects winning, and does it with such fluidity and passion you can't help but to admire his work.

Cuffee will play his senior year of high school at Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va., under the direction of head coach Wade Mawdesley. Cuffee is one of two Flames' signees from Liberty Christian as he joins 6-4 guard Jay Barber as part of this year's recruiting class.

Cuffee played his first three years of high school basketball at Poca High School in Poca, W.Va. Under head coach Allen Osborne, Cuffee scored 1,306 points and helped the Dots post a combined 77-5 record when he was a part of the team's starting lineup.

Cuffee earned all-state honors three times at Poca High School (freshman – second team; sophomore and junior; first team). He helped his team claim the Class AA state title in 2015 and runner-up honors in 2016.

During his junior season, Cuffee led the Kanawha Valley with 73 three-point field goals made and ranked second in the region in free throw shooting (85.6 percent).

Cuffee, a three-time Cardinal Conference first-team honoree, led the league in scoring last year, averaging 19.8 points per game during the team's state runner-up campaign. As a sophomore, Cuffee averaged 13.8 points per contest during Poca's state title run, the school's first state title since 1997.

The son of Linwood and Sarah Cuffee also plays AAU travel basketball under the leadership of head coach Jeff Schneider for Big Shots Elite. The squad posted a 95-6 record the last two years with all seven players now playing for NCAA Division I programs.

Besides his on-court accomplishments, Cuffee has also succeeded in the classroom. He is a National Honor Society member and has been named to the Cardinal Conference Academic All-Conference listing.