Diggins leads All-America team
Congratulations to the 2009 girls' basketball All-America team:
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School: Ben Davis
School: Manhattan Center
(South Bend, Ind.)
School: Heritage Christian
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School: St. Mary's
School: North Babylon (N.Y.)
School: Wilson Central
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School: Cardinal O'Hara
School: Germantown Academy
School: Mater Dei
(Santa Ana, Calif.)
School: Heritage Cy-Fair
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School: Sacred Heart Cathedral
School: T.C. Williams
School: Pinole Valley (Calif.)
School: Lower Richland
School: Bolingbrook (Ill.)
Individual awardsNational Player of the Year -- Skylar Diggins
National Junior of the Year -- Chelsea Gray
National Sophomore of the Year -- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis
National Freshman of the Year -- Morgan Tuck
National Coach of the Year -- Stan Benge
2009 ESPNRISE.com All-America First TeamAlex Bentley (Ben Davis/Indianapolis)
Bentley was the top individual player on the No. 1 team in the final ESPN RISE FAB 50 national rankings, leading the Giants with 15.8 points per game. She also averaged 3.2 rebounds per game with 2.6 assists and made 52.2 percent of her shots from the field. She didn't get the game-winning shot in the state final, but there's little doubt that the Giants wouldn't have been in a position to do so much this season without a leader like Bentley.
Kelsey Bone (Dulles/Sugarland, Texas)
Bone is a two-time EA SPORTS All-American honoree, having made the second team as a junior. A powerful post presence, Bone has a soft touch from mid-range and is surprisingly agile. The No. 2 prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, Bone averaged 20.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks for a 36-3 club that reached the Texas Class 5A Region III semifinals. Bone, the District 20 5A Player of the Year, was also named the McDonald's All-American National Player of the Year for outstanding play and character. She will continue her career at the University of South Carolina.
China Crosby (Manhattan Center, New York)
The 5-foot-6 point guard earned her fourth All-City honor and was selected state Class AA Player of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The University of Virginia recruit averaged 12.6 points and 4.8 assists to cap her stellar career. Although she was a McDonald's All-American, the most memorable game of Crosby's season probably was the team's 61-54 win in January over Murry Bergtraum of New York. The win snapped Bergtraum's winning streak at 73 games. Crosby had 15 points in that game and ran the team flawlessly despite suffering a sprained ankle four days earlier.
Skylar Diggins (Washington/South Bend, Ind.)
The previous three EA SPORTS National Players of the Year -- Tina Charles of New York in 2006, Maya Moore of Georgia in 2007 and Elena Delle Donne of Delaware in 2008 -- all signed with NCAA champ Connecticut. Diggins bucks that trend and will play next year at nearby Notre Dame.
Kelly Faris (Heritage Christian/Indianapolis, Ind.)
A streak of four straight state titles by Heritage Christian was fueled by Faris. This year's team cruised to the Class 2A crown and was among the top 10 in the final ESPN RISE FAB 50. Faris, who is headed to UConn, was the consummate team player, which was shown by her modest averages of 14.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.4 steals per game. She shot 53.6 percent from the floor and hit 78.8 percent of her free throws.
Chelsea Gray (St. Mary's/Stockton, Calif.)
Gray is an athletic point guard with an electric first step and is dynamic with the ball in her hands. She led St. Mary's to the CIF Division III state title with averages of 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals per game. Gray, whose young team went 31-3, had her best game in the Northern California finals with 23 points, including a game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds left, in a victory against three-time defending state champ Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco).
Brittney Griner (Nimitz/Houston)
This season, the greater Houston area was loaded with great girls' basketball players and teams and none stood taller -- literally or figuratively -- than Griner. The No. 1-ranked prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 and Baylor recruit is not all flash and hype because of her dunking skills, either, as she led the Cougars to an appearance in the Texas Class 5A state title game, and a 37-2 overall record, with averages of 27.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.7 blocks. Along the way, Nimitz won a ballyhooed showdown with Kelsey Bone and Dulles, as Griner led the way with 27 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots in a 76-59 victory. She also set a UIL 5A scoring record by netting 41 points in a 74-48 state semifinal victory over Pflugerville. Griner did not get to play in the McDonald's All-American Game, but came up with an MVP performance (20 points, nine rebounds, eight blocks) at the WBCA All-Star game in St. Louis.
Bria Hartley (North Babylon, N.Y.)
The 5-foot-10 junior point guard was a consistent performer all season. The Class AA all-stater sported game averages of 22.4 points, 5.3 assists and 5.5 assists per game. She had a single-game best of 38 points. Hartley was recently elevated into the top five of the ESPNU Super Sixty Player Rankings for the Class of 2010. She has listed Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Stanford and Georgetown among her college favorites.
Jasmine Hassell (Wilson Central/Lebanon, Tenn.)
Hassell was chosen the player of the year by the Tennessean newspaper for the second straight season after averaging 19.9 points with seven rebounds per game. Hassell also shot 60 percent from the field even though she faced constant double-teams. Hassell has signed with the University of Georgia.
Tayler Hill (South/Minneapolis)
One of the most celebrated girls' athletes in Minnesota history, Hill broke the state career point record for girls or boys, with more than 3,700 points in five varsity seasons. The 5-foot-10 two-time state Player of the Year led South to the state Class 4A title after two straight runner-up finishes by scoring a tournament record-tying 47 points in a 68-61 victory over Centennial of Circle Pines. The guard averaged 31.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.7 steals per game this season. Hill will don a Buckeyes uniform next season.
Stephanie Holzer (Cardinal O'Hara/Springfield, Pa.)>
The 6-foot-4 senior earned state Class AAAA Player of the Year honors after leading her team to the title game, in which she suffered a broken ankle in the second half of a loss to unbeaten Mount Lebanon. The Vanderbilt recruit averaged 17.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots as a senior. Holzer was one of the top players in December at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona.
Maggie Lucas (Germantown Academy/Philadelphia)
The 5-foot-8 junior guard led her team to an unbeaten 31-0 record season. The first-team Class AA all-stater averaged a team-best 21.5 points plus 3.3 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the free throw line. The Penn State recruit will enter her final season with 1,557 career points.
Lindsey Moore (Kentwood/Covington, Wash.)
A point guard prospect who is athletic enough to also be one of the top high jumpers in the state, Moore led Kentwood to a 28-1 record and a Class 3A state championship. The only loss the Conquerors suffered was when Moore rested a tender hamstring just before the playoffs began. She averaged 15.7 points and 7.5 assists per game and is headed to the University of Nebraska.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei/Santa Ana, Calif.)
Mosqueda-Lewis had a fine freshman season, earning freshman all-state honors, but she really stepped up her game in her sophomore season. With a powerful body and deceptive quickness, Mosqueda-Lewis led the Monarchs to a 32-1 record by scoring 22.8 points and grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game. Mosqueda-Lewis, who was MVP of three tournaments, also was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year. Her season high was a 41-point outburst against Beverly Hills in the CIF Southern Section finals.
Chiney Ogwumike (Cy-Fair/Houston)
Ogwumike did an admirable job in helping the Bobcats defend their Texas Class 5A state title. Chiney stepped up her production to the tune of 21.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.4 blocks per game and was at her best in the postseason. She clearly established herself as one of the nation's best players as an underclassmen. Also a fine volleyball player, Ogwumike is considered one of the top five national prospects in the Class of 2010.
Tierra Rogers (Sacred Heart Cathedral/San Francisco)
Rogers was a key member of a team that lost just twice in the past two years. Although Sacred Heart Cathedral did not duplicate its unbeaten record and No. 1 in the nation finish from 2008, the Irish still were among the nation's best. Rogers is known for her intense defense, offensive rebounding and clutch shooting. Rogers is the daughter of the late Terrell Rogers, who was shot to death in a parking lot near the school's gym in January 2008 during halftime of a game.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (T.C. Williams/Alexandria, Va.)
The University of North Carolina recruit already has her No. 4 jersey retired by T.C. Williams and for good reason. The four-year standout is the Titans' all-time leading scorer and rebounder after posting averages of 18.5 points, 14.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 4.5 blocks per game as a senior. A three-time All-Metro selection and two-time All-Metro Player of the Year choice by the Washington Post, Ruffin-Pratt is considered one of the nation's elite defenders with the ability to defend the wings or bang in the post. She capped her prep career by earning co-Most Valuable Player honors at the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game with 10-point, 10-rebound, two-steal performance.
DeNesha Stallworth (Pinole Valley, Calif.)
The San Francisco Chronicle's Player of the Year racked up 27.7 points per game with 11 rebounds and shot 69 percent from the floor. Stallworth, who is headed to nearby Cal, ended her career with 2,170 points and 1,002 rebounds. She scored 11 points in the McDonald's All-American Game and set a record with 121 points in three games at the West Coast Jamboree tournament. Probably the most impressive facet of Stallworth's résumé is that she had not yet turned 17 years old in her senior year. This was due to her being allowed to skip a grade academically during elementary school.
Morgan Stroman (Lower Richland/Hopkins, S.C.)
It's one thing to end your career with four state titles in four seasons, but Morgan did it alongside her mother, Debbie, who has been the head coach at Lower Richland for each championship. Stroman, who was a second-team EA SPORTS All-American last year, led her team with 16.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game. Her team also did not lose to an in-state opponent for 83 straight games. Stroman will play next year at the University of Miami.
Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
The EA SPORTS National Freshman Player of the Year helped her team to a 25-4 record and the state Class 4A championship. The 6-foot-2 forward became the first freshman to win the state Ms. Basketball honor (three-time winner Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings, both familiar names on the national scene, each were sophomores when they did it.) The Parker comparisons naturally followed as Tuck averaged 18.7 points and 11 rebounds in her rookie season, capped by 35 points and 16 rebounds totaled in the state finals and semifinals. Tuck also led Bolingbrook to the title game in December at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona.
ESPNRISE.com All-America Second TeamAnne-Marie Armstrong (Wesleyan/Norcross, Ga.) 6-3, Senior, Guard
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (New Leadership/Springfield, Mass.) 5-3, Senior, Guard
Nikki Burton (West Charlotte/Charlotte, N.C.) 5-11, Senior, Guard
Layshia Clarendon (Cajon/San Bernardino, Calif.) 5-9, Senior, Guard
Aaryn Ellenburg (Bishop Gorman/Las Vegas) 5-7, Senior, Guard
Bria Goss (Ben Davis/Indianapolis) 5-9, Soph., Guard
Tianna Hawkins (Riverdale Baptist/Upper Marlboro, Md.) 6-3, Senior, Forward
Chanise Jenkins (Whitney Young/Chicago) 5-4, Junior, Guard
Betnijah Laney (Smyrna, Del.) 6-2, Sophomore, Center
Katelyn Linney (St. John Vianney/Holmdel, N.J.) 5-8, Senior, Guard
Bianca Lutley (American Heritage/Plantation, Fla.) 5-11, Senior, Guard
Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook, Ill.) 5-7, Sophomore, Guard
Laurin Mincy (University/Newark, N.J.) 5-10, Junior, Guard
Monique Oliver (Poly/Long Beach, Calif.) 6-3, Senior, Center
Jennifer O'Neill (St. Michael Academy/New York) 5-6, Senior, Guard
Sam Ostarello (Stanley Count/Fort Pierre, S.D.) 6-2, Senior, Forward
Adrianna Prins (Broomfield, Colo.) 6-3, Senior, Center
Cokie Reed (Midway/Waco, Texas) 6-4, Senior, Center
Ta'Shauna Rodgers (Kings Fork/Suffolk, Va.) 5-11, Senior, Guard
Waltia Rolle (Westbury Christian/Houston) 6-6, Senior, Center
Brittany Roundtree (Potter's House Christian/Jacksonville, Fla.) 5-9, Senior, Guard
Taber Spani (Metro Academy/St. Louis, Mo.) 6-1, Senior, Guard
Kerri Shields (Archbishop Carroll/Radnor, Pa.) 5-10, Senior, Guard
Joslyn Tinkle (Big Sky/Missoula, Mont.) 6-3, Senior, Center
Ieasia Walker (Copiague, N.Y.) 5-9, Senior, Guard
Markel Walker (Schenley/Pittsburgh) 6-1, Senior, Forward
Adrienne Webb (Sparkman, Ala.) 5-10, Senior Guard
Erica Wheeler (Parkway Academy/Miramar, Fla.) 5-7, Senior, Guard
Destiny Williams (Benton Harbor, Mich.) 6-3, Senior, Center
Mariah Williams (Regis Jesuit/Denver, Colo.) 5-4, Senior, Guard
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