Full Court Fresh 50 2014s dominate McDonald's All-American rosters

January 30, 2014 - 12:41am
When the 2014 McDonald's All-American Girls' Game tips off on April 2 in Chicago the rosters for both teams will be chock full of players ranked in the Full Court Fresh 50.

When the 2014 McDonald's All-American Girls' Game tips off on April 2 in Chicago the rosters for both teams will be chock full of players ranked in the Full Court Fresh 50.

OAK BROOK, Ill. – Brianna Turner (Manvel High School – Manvel, Tex.) and A'ja Wilson (Heathwood Hall Episcopal School – Columbia, S.C.), the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked prospects in the Class of 2014 Full Court Fresh 50, highlighted the McDonald’s All American High School Girls' Basketball Games rosters announced by the Games' Selection Committee today. The 13th Annual McDonald's Girls Game, the nation’s top annual high school basketball all-star event, will again be played at Chicago’s United Center, tipping off at 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT,  on April 2 and televised live on ESPNU.

The official rosters feature five players from California -- No.-7-ranked Jordin Canada (Windward School – Los Angeles, Calif.), No.-10-ranked Lajahna Drummer(Long Beach Polytechnic High School – Long Beach, Calif.), high school teammates Mikayla Cowling (No. 41, St. Mary’s College High School – Albany, Calif.) and No. 8 Gabby Green (Saint Mary’s College High School – Albany, Calif.), and Mariya Moore (No. 25, Salesian High School – Richmond, Calif.) -- and four from Texas, including, in addition to Turner, No.-4-ranked Ariel Atkins (Duncanville High School – Duncanville, Tex.), Recee’ Caldwell (No. 19, FEAST Home School – San Antonio, Tex.), and Brooke McCarty (No. 17, Clear Springs High School – League City, Tex.).

Of the 24 Girls Game participants, UCLA will have the most McDonald’s All Americans suiting up next fall with three commits -- Caldwell, Canada and Drummer -- tapped for the Games. Cal, Duke, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and UConn each boast two McDonald's Americans among next year's incoming class.

Every player to make the All-American rosters is ranked among the top-50 high school seniors in the country in the Full Court Fresh 50, and indeed, all but two of the top 15 players in our ranking made the cut for the McDonald's All-American team.

“The McDonald’s All American Games are where the elite players serve notice of what’s to come at the next level,” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games. “With the great success of last year’s players at the collegiate level this year, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Chicago on April 2.”

This year’s teams were selected from a field of more than 1,000 nominees by the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee, led by committee chairman, Morgan Wootten, legendary Hall-of-Fame basketball coach.

Since 1978, more than 1,150 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games, forming an elite list of some of the top names in basketball history including, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love, on the men's side, and Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne in the McDonald's All-American Girls' Game.

Tickets to the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games are available now through Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME. Tickets start at $10 and include free parking. Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities; the games have raised more than $10 million for charity since 1978.

A week's worth of festivities also benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities will be held in conjunction with the Games themselves. The POWERADE® Jam Fest – featuring many of the McDonald’s All American Games players in a skills competition, three-point shootout and dunk contest – will be held at the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Chicago on March 31. Those competitions will air live at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. local on ESPNU.

The complete 2014 McDonald's All-American Girls Game rosters follow:

2014 McDonald's All-American Games Official Girls Roster
Player Fresh 50 Rank Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Lynee’ Belton #14 C 6-2 Bullis School (Clinton, MD) Duke
Sierra Calhoun #11 W 6-0 Christ the King High School (Brooklyn, NY) Duke
Bianca Cuevas #34 PG 5-6 Nazareth Regional High School (Bronx, NY) South Carolina
Sadie Edwards #38 G 5-9 Blair Academy (Meriden, Conn.) UConn
Alexa Middleton #32 G 5-8 Riverdale High School (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Tennessee
Kelsey Mitchell # 3 PG 5-8 Princeton High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) Ohio State
Mariya Moore #25 W 6-0 Salesian High School (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) Louisville
Shakayla Thomas #12 W 5-11 Sylacauga High School (Sylacauga, Ala.) Florida State
Kathryn Westbeld #35 F 6-2 Fairmont High School (Kettering, Ohio) Notre Dame
Jatarie White # 5 C 6-4 Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.) South Carolina
A’ja Wilson # 2 F 6-5 Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (Hopkins, S.C.) Undecided
Player Fresh 50 Rank Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Ariel Atkins # 4 G 5-11 Duncanville High School (Duncanville, Tex.) Texas
Recee’ Caldwell #19 PG 5-8 FEAST Home School (San Antonio, Tex.) UCLA
Jordin Canada # 7 PG 5-6 Windward School (Los Angeles, Calif.) UCLA
Mikayla Cowling #41 W 6-1 Saint Mary’s College High School (Benicia, Calif.) California
Lajahna Drummer #10 F 6-2 Long Beach Polytechnic High School (Los Angeles, Calif.) UCLA
Gabby Green # 8 W 6-1 Saint Mary’s College High School (Oakland, Calif.) California
Brooke McCarty #17 PG 5-4 Clear Springs High School (League City, Tex.) Texas
Jaime Nared # 9 W 6-1 Westview High School (Portland, Ore.) Tennessee
Alyssa Rice #22 C 6-3 Reynoldsburg High School (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) Kentucky
Brianna Turner # 1 F 6-3 Manvel High School (Pearland, Tex.) Notre Dame
Chatrice White #50 C 6-3 Shelby Public High School (Shelby, Neb.) Illinois
Gabby Williams #13 G 5-11 Edward C. Reed High School (Sparks, Nev.) UConn