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Katie Lou Samuelson is the 2015 WBCA High School Player of the Year, WBCA High School All-America Team announced

Published on February 25, 2015

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Release from the WBCA:

Katie Lou Samuelson of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, is the 2015 WBCA High School Player of the Year and headlines the 2015 WBCA High School All-America Team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.

Samuelson, a 6-foot-3 senior forward who is averaging 29.3 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game and 2.4 steals per game, has signed with Connecticut.

“Congratulations to Katie Lou for earning the top award for high school basketball players,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Katie Lou has set the bar for current and future high school student-athletes across the country with her determination and excellence on the court, and her grace off of it. The WBCA wishes Katie Lou the best on her future.”

Here are the 10 players selected to the 2015WBCA High School All-America Team:

Name School Hometown Signed
Kalani Brown Salmen High School Slidell, La. Baylor
Napheesa Collier Incarnate Word Academy Bel-Nor, Mo. Connecticut
Te’a Cooper McEachern High School Powder Springs, Ga. Tennessee
Asia Durr St. Pius X Catholic High School Atlanta, Ga. Louisville
Lashann Higgs Cedar Ridge High School Round Rock, Texas Texas
Jordan Hosey Manvel High School Pealand, Texas Texas
Kyra Lambert Samuel Clemens High School Cibolo, Texas Duke
Arike Ogunbowale Divine Savior Holy Angels High School Milwaukee, Wis. Notre Dame
Ali Patberg Columbus North High School Columbus, Ind. Notre Dame
Katie Lou Samuelson Mater Dei High School Santa Ana, Calif. Connecticut

“The 10 members of this year’s High School All-America Team have each showcased their immense on-court talents. These student-athletes have been exceptional leaders for their respective teams and elevated the game of girls’ and women’s basketball as the sport continues to grow,” said Donehew.

Any graduating senior can be nominated for the WBCA High School All-America Team by a high school or AAU coach who is an active WBCA member. College coaches are not eligible to nominate a player for consideration. The 10-player All-America team and a 20-player honorable mention team are selected from the nominees by a committee composed of WBCA-member girls’ high school basketball coaches who represent nine geographical districts across the country.

The 2014 selection committee is composed of Brian Robinson (chair), Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School (N.C.); Stacy Bilodeau, Walpole High School (Mass.); Eric Smith, Cicero-North Syracuse High School (N.Y.); Jody Patrick, Flint Hill School (Va.); Melissa Guebert, Eastview High School (Minn.); Jill Nagel, Rock Bridge High School (Mo.); Todd Monsey, Waco Midway High School (Texas); Carl Mattei, Regis Jesuit High School (Colo.); Kevin Kiernan, Mater Dei High School (Calif.); Angie Hembree, Norcross High School (Ga.); and Gary Glasscock, Metro High School (Mo.) who is past chair. Daniella Trujillo, WBCA manager of events, awards & office administration, is staff liaison to the committee.

Here are the 20 players receiving 2015 WBCA High School All-America honorable mention:

Name School Hometown Signed
Kristine Anigwe Desert Vista High School Phoenix, Ariz. California
De’Janae Boykin C.H. Flowers High School Springdale, Mo. Connecticut
Kennedy Burke Sierra Canyon High School Northridge, Calif. UCLA
Jonquanae Cole Paul VI High School Fairfax, Va. North Carolina State
Taja Cole L.C. Bird High School Chesterfield, Va. Louisville
Sophie Cunningham Rock Bridge High School Columbia, Mo. Missouri
Brianna Fraser South Shore High School Brooklyn, N.Y. Maryland
Kiah Gillespie Capital Prep Hartford, Conn. Maryland
Ashley Hearn Sachse High School Sachse, Texas UCLA
Kelly Koshuta James Madison High School Vienna, Va. Virginia Tech
Marina Mabrey Manasquan High School Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Notre Dame
Aliyah Mazyck Myers Park High School Charlotte, N.C. USC
Beatrice Mompremier Miami Senior High School Miami, Fla. Baylor
Teniya Page Marian Catholic High School Chicago, Ill. Penn State
Jessica Shepard Fremont High School Fremont, Neb. Nebraska
Marta Sniezek Nationa Cathedral School Washington, D.C. Stanford
Faith Suggs Homewood Flossmoor High School Flossmoor, Ill. Duke
Andee Velasco Mater Dei High School Santa Ana, Calif. Loyola Marymount
Destinee Walker Lake Highland Prep Orlando, Fla. North Carolina
Stephanie Watts Weddington High School Monroe, N.C. North Carolina

 

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