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McDonald's All-Americans named

Updated: February 10, 2011, 9:15 PM ET
By Glenn Nelson | ESPN HoopGurlz

McDonalds All American High School Basketball GamesESPN.com IllustrationThe 2011 McDonald's All American game will be played March 30, at the United Center in Chicago.

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:

EAST

Cierra Burdick
Glenn Nelson/ESPN.comCierra Burdick shows off her passing skills and flare for the dramatic.

Cierra Burdick


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.

Briyona Canty


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.

Temi Fagbenle


HoopGurlz Ranking:13
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.

Bria Goss


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.

Sara Hammond


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.

Amber Henson


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.

Betnijah Laney


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.

Samantha Logic


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.

Allyson Malott


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.

Ariel Massengale


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.

Bria Smith


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.

Elizabeth Williams


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.

WEST

Alexyz Vaioletama
Glenn Nelson/ESPN.comAlexyz Vaioletama is a strong and physical wing player for the West team.

Brianna Banks


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.

Ariya Crook-Williams


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.

Krystal Forthan


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.

Reshanda Gray


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.

Justine Hartman


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.

Morgan Jones


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.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis


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.

Amber Orrange


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.

Cassie Peoples


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.

Bonnie Samuelson


HoopGurlz Ranking:61
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.

Kiah Stokes


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.

Alexyz Vaioletama


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 glenn@hoopgurlz.com.

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