McDonald's All-Americans named
Since basketball is a player's game and McDonald's High School All-American is among the most prestigious honors in girls' basketball, it is appropriate that the top four teams in the Powerade Fab 50 are represented in the East and West teams announced on Thursday.
The game will be played on March 30, 6:30 p.m. (Central) at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., and broadcast live on ESPNU.
Justine Hartman will represent No. 1 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.); Ariya Crook-Williams reps No. 2 Polytechnic (Long Beach, Calif.); Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, the No. 1 ranked senior, and teammate Alexyz Vaioletama are from No. 3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), and point guard Ariel Massengale hails from No. 4 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.).
No. 5 Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) was the highest-ranked team without a McDonald's selection.
A look at the East and West rosters:
HoopGurlz Ranking: 3
Pos: F Ht: 6-2 HS: Butler (Matthews, N.C.) College: Tennessee
Bottom Line: Brings unique skill set, including playmaking ability, to the forward position.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 6
Pos: G Ht: 5-10 HS: Trenton Catholic Academy (Hamilton, N.J.) College: Rutgers
Bottom Line: Explosive athlete with ability launch mid-air attacks in a thicket of defenders.
Pos: C Ht: 6-4 HS: Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) College: Harvard
Bottom Line: A whirlwind of activity in the paint, can be a shot-blocking machine.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 17
Pos: G Ht: 5-11 HS: Ben Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) College: Kentucky
Bottom Line: A high-motor, especially athletic, guard with a winning pedigree.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 12
Pos: F Ht: 6-2 HS: Rockcastle County (Mouth Vernon, Ky.) College: Louisville
Bottom Line: Along with Burdick, continues emerging trend of versatility at forward.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 20
Pos: C Ht: 6-4 HS: Sickles (Tampa, FL) College: Duke
Bottom Line: A matchup nightmare for opposing posts -- one who can launch from three.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 11
Pos: G Ht: 6-0 HS: Smyrna (Smyrna, Del.) College: Undecided
Bottom Line: Athleticism plus work ethic equals a special mix for some lucky program.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 10
Pos: G Ht: 6-0 HS: Racine J.J. Case (Racine, Wis.) College: Iowa
Bottom Line: Brings toughness, physicality and of course skills to the guard spot not seen in a while.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 40
Pos: F Ht: 6-2 HS: Madison (Middletown, Ohio) College: Dayton
Bottom Line: USA Basketball experience revealed a devastating shooter in the right system.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 4
Pos: G Ht: 5-6 HS: Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.) College: Tennessee
Bottom Line: The best point guard in the class because she's also the best leader.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 8
Pos: G Ht: 5-10 HS: Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) College: Virginia
Bottom Line: A study in staying low and balanced, and letting speed and quickness do the work.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 2
Pos: F Ht: 6-3 HS: Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.) College: Duke
Bottom Line: One of the great low-post defenders who has learned offensive dominance.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 24
Pos: G Ht: 5-9 HS: Fayette County (Fayetteville, Ga.) College: Connecticut
Bottom Line: An extraordinary defender at the point, with a deadly pullup.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 16
Pos: G Ht: 5-7 HS: Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) College: USC
Bottom Line: One of the great long-distance and clutch shooters who can attack the rim as well.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 5
Pos: C Ht: 6-4 HS: Georgetown (Georgetown, Texas) College: LSU
Bottom Line: Will be counted as one of the vanguards of above-the-rim play in women's hoops.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 22
Pos: F Ht: 6-3 HS: Washington Prep (Los Angeles, Calif.) College: California
Bottom Line: A scary combination of athleticism, strength and work ethic.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 8
Pos: C Ht: 6-3 HS: Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) College: UCLA
Bottom Line: A metronomic post, she does just about everything by the book.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 9
Pos: F Ht: 6-2 HS: Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.) College: Northwestern
Bottom Line: A smooth ballhandler and improving shooter, she has size and the goods on the perimeter.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 1
Pos: G Ht: 6-0 HS: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) College: Connecticut
Bottom Line: With threes like layups, no more complete a scorer has emerged in years.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 15
Pos: G Ht: 5-8 HS: Westbury Christian (Houston, Texas) College: Stanford
Bottom Line: Savvy point guard who also could score from the other backcourt spot.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 36
Pos: G Ht: 5-7 HS: Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas) College: Texas
Bottom Line: Unleashed as a scorer, she hits her stride and can be a lockdown defender.
Pos: F Ht: 6-3 HS: Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) College: Stanford
Bottom Line: Could lead the country in 3-point shooting behind Stanford's front line.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 42
Pos: F Ht: 6-3 HS: Linn-Mar (Marion, Iowa) College: Connecticut
Bottom Line: One of the best running bigs in the country who can thrill with her athleticism.
HoopGurlz Ranking: 14
Pos: G Ht: 6-0 HS: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) College: USC
Bottom Line:Explosive, physical guard who will rebound and defend her position well.
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Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A member of the Parade All-American Selection Committee, he formerly coached girls' club basketball, was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of an online sports network, authored a basketball book for kids, has had his photography displayed at the Smithsonian Institute, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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