Meet the 2015 McDonald's All Americans
Rosters for the 14th annual McDonald's All American girls' game were announced Wednesday on ESPNU. The April 1 game in Chicago will showcase 24 of the nation's elite seniors. Here are five storylines we'll be keeping an eye on.
The top two prospects in the 2015 recruiting class will be on opposing teams in Chicago: UConn recruit Katie Lou Samuelson and Louisville recruit Asia Durr. You're going to want to keep a close eye on them both.
Samuelson, the No. 1 prospect in the class whose two sisters play for Stanford, brings versatility and a scoring punch with deep range. Think Elena Delle Donne. Samuelson also flat-out brings it every game. She has propelled her Mater Dei team to a No. 1 national ranking in the espnW 25 Power Rankings.
Durr, a left-handed lead guard, has superior size in the backcourt and is a big-time offensive threat. Think Bria Hartley and Odyssey Sims rolled into one. Durr will be a game-changer at the next level and should make an immediate impact as a freshman with the Cardinals.
The two future superstars know each other quite well. They struck gold together with USA Basketball each of the past two summers.
2. Big shakes
You're going to want to feast your eyes on the centers in this one. Kalani Brown, a 6-foot-5 Baylor recruit, and Deja Strother, a 6-4 Washington recruit, bring size, power and dominance to Chicago. The game also features centers with superb mobility and shot-blocking skill in Beatrice Mompremier, who also is headed to Baylor, and Kristine Anigwe, who is heading to Cal.
3. Sweet shooters
Both teams are packed with sharpshooters, so the game itself could very well hinge on who gets hot. Or hotter. In addition to Samuelson, the West also has Stephanie Watts and Destinee Walker, two UNC signees who will share the ball in the backcourt for the Tar Heels. On the East, Notre Dame signees Marina Mabrey and Ali Patberg bring both size and deep range.
4. Points of emphasis
Durr may be the top point guard in the game, but she's not the only one who is going to make a name for herself at the next level. The East also features Durr's future Louisville teammate, Taja Cole, as well as Taylor Murray and Arike Ogunbowale. The West squad counters with Te'a Cooper, Lashann Higgs and Kyra Lambert. Things may be a blur when speedsters Murray, Cole, Lambert and Higgs are on the court. Higgs and Murray also are two of the better lockdown defenders in the game.
5. Causing chaos
Versatility is the name of the game for this group. The East has four players who boast a combination of face-up skills and the ability to drive to the hoop. De'Janae Boykin, Samantha Fuehring, Kiah Gillespie and Brianna Fraser all can beat you in a number of ways. In addition to Samuelson, the West also boasts her future UConn teammate, Napheesa Collier, Sophie Cunningham, Ashley Hearn and Jordan Hosey, all of whom can stretch the defense to the arc and -- blink! -- also attack the basket.