Meet the 2016 McDonald's All Americans
The rosters for the 2016 McDonald's All American Games were announced Sunday night, and 24 players hailing from 15 different states and heading to at least 15 different schools were selected.
Here are eight things you need to know about the rosters.
1. Stanford union
Tune in, Stanford fans! The McDonald's All American Games could provide a taste of what will become your steady diet for the next several years.
Fingall, who somehow found her way onto the West roster despite attending Choctawhatchee in Florida, is a 6-foot-2 center with a feathery touch. She can -- and does -- score in a variety of ways.
Carrington, the sister of Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington, is a double-double machine. The 6-foot guard can score inside, outside and everywhere in between. But perhaps her best attribute is her tenacity on the glass.
Wilson, the sister of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and a 2014 USA Basketball gold medalist, moved from Virginia to the Seattle area for her senior season and has Bellevue (Washington) playing like one of the best teams in the nation. The 5-7 point guard is an unselfish playmaker on both sides of the floor.
2. Big on Texas
Of the 24 players named McDonald's All Americans, six of them are from Texas. Only one, Lauren Cox, was named to the West team. Cox, a 6-4 forward and Baylor recruit, also happens to be the No. 1 prospect in the nation. A strong interior performer who can also step out and deliver from the arc, Cox seems destined for stardom in Waco, Texas.
In addition to Cox, Texas also will be represented by Joyner Holmes (Texas), Ciera Johnson (Louisville), Nancy Mulkey (Oklahoma), Amber Ramirez (TCU) and Natalie Chou (Baylor). In addition, Alecia Sutton of Missouri is headed to Texas next year.
3. A Holmes run!
Speaking of Holmes, we simply can't say enough. The 6-3 star-in-the-making is the No. 2 prospect in the nation and she's staying put and heading to Texas. Holmes, a 2014 USA Basketball gold medalist, can play any position on the floor, although forward is where she'll likely make a name for herself with the Longhorns. She can handle the ball like a guard but also has the size and physical tools to overpower defenders in the paint. Remember her name, both for the McDonald's All American Games and beyond.
4. Who will score 4?
Sabrina Ionescu, the No. 4 prospect in the country, is the lone McDonald's All American who remains undeclared. Going into the early signing period, the 5-10 guard who will be representing the West had reportedly narrowed her options to California and Oregon, but Oregon State had also been a strong contender. Has anybody else joined the party?
The superstar at Miramonte (Orinda, California) has a knack for making everyone around her -- coaches and players alike -- better. She's unselfish and ultracompetitive. She has a motor that doesn't stop and superb playmaking skills. Is it any wonder that coaches are lining up to get her signature?
5. Ivy alert!
Jeannie Boehm, a 6-3 forward at New Trier (Winnetka, Illinois), becomes just the second Harvard recruit -- joining Temi Fagbenle from 2011 -- selected to play in the McDonald's All American Games. Boehm is blessed with agility and great hands, and she seems to improve by the day. Her range extends to the 3-point line, and on defense she has great timing and blocks shots with regularity. Hailing from the Chicago suburbs, Boehm is sure to be a crowd favorite on March 30.
6. Invasion of the Terrapins
Maryland coach Brenda Frese assembled the No. 1 signing class in 2016, and three of those future Terps were named McDonald's All Americans. All three are dynamic scorers who know how to win. Destiny Slocum, a point guard from Idaho who will be representing the West, can score in bunches and then set up teammates for an encore. At No. 7, she's the top-ranked prospect in Maryland's class. Kaila Charles, a 5-11 wing from powerhouse Riverdale Baptist in Maryland who will play for the East team, is an explosive athlete who can beat a defender inside or out. Blair Watson of New Jersey joins Charles on the East squad. She's as smooth as can be on the perimeter.
7. Irish duo
Two Notre Dame-bound prospects, Erin Boley and Jackie Young, got the McDonald's call Sunday night. Both can score, score and score some more. Boley, a 6-2 forward and the No. 5 prospect in the country, is approaching the 3,000-point milestone at powerhouse Elizabethtown (Kentucky) and already has grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds.
Just last week, Young, a 5-11 guard and the No. 11 prospect in the country, became the all-time leading scorer in Indiana history, breaking the mark set by 2002 McDonald's All American Shanna Zolman. Young, who is superb off the dribble, has scored 3,086 points and counting. We should add that neither Boley nor Young is a stranger to winning. Boley will play for the East and Young will represent the West.
8. The long and short of it
Nancy Mulkey, a 6-9 center who is headed to Oklahoma, is the tallest of the 2016 McDonald's All Americans. But the No. 12 prospect in the nation brings a lot more than height. With supreme shot-blocking skills, Mulkey can change the game, especially on defense.
Crystal Dangerfield, a 5-6 point guard who is headed to Connecticut, is the shortest of the 2016 All Americans. On offense, Dangerfield stays in attack mode all game long. On defense, she's downright pesky. Sound familiar (hint: Moriah Jefferson)? Dangerfield, the No. 3 prospect in the country, is sure to be a crowd favorite in Chicago. She'll join Mulkey on the East squad.
Here are the complete rosters: