UK Hoops signee Harper named to WBCA All-America Game

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky women’s basketball signee Linnae Harper (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young HS) was selected to the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America Game presented by NIKE, it was announced today. Fellow UK Hoops signee Makayla Epps (Lebanon, Ky./Marion County HS) was tabbed as one of 20 players on the All-America honorable mention list.

This marks the 22nd annual game, featuring the top-20 high school senior girls’ basketball players recognized by the WBCA All-America Selection Committee. The game is part of the WBCA National Convention and will be played Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. ET in the New Orleans Arena, the site of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four. For the fourth consecutive year, the game will be played on the official NCAA Women’s Final Four court. The 20 players will be divided into two 10-player teams for the game, which will be played according to NCAA rules.

Harper is a 5-foot-8 guard from Chicago and a former teammate of current Wildcat Janee Thompson at Whitney Young High School. She is the nation's No. 5 prospect and No. 2 guard according to ESPN.com. She is the highest-ranked recruit in UK Hoops history. Harper chose Kentucky over Tennessee, Miami, Ohio State and UCLA.

Harper was named to the Tribune All-State first team last spring after averaging 18.7 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals for Class 4A champion Young (34-0). She had 30 points and 20 rebounds in two state tournament games as a junior. Harper has represented USA Basketball the last two years, winning gold medals with the U-17 and U-16 teams. She was named to the all-tournament team this past year after averaging 7.9 points and 4.3 steals off the bench. She also was named to the Preseason American Family Insurance All-USA Girls Basketball team by USA Today Sports. In December, Harper was one of six players named to the 2012-13 Naismith Girl’s High School Player of the Year Early Season Watch List.

Epps, a 5-11 guard from Marion County High School in Lebanon, Ky., is rated as the 15th-best overall player by All-Star Girls Report and No. 21 by Blue Star Basketball. ESPN.com lists her as the 10th-best point guard and the 32nd-best senior in the country.

Earlier this season, Epps became the 21st player in Kentucky High School history and just the second player in Marion County to pass the 3,000-point mark in her career. She has led the Lady Knights to a top-10 national ranking and an undefeated record so far this season. Epps chose Kentucky over Louisville.

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From: Lax, Susan
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 8:53 PM
To: Weigel, Cory N
Subject: Fwd: 2013 WBCA High School All-America Team

Can you work on this for tomorrow? I believe I did one for Janee last year if you want to look it up.

Susan Lax
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Lexington, KY 40509
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Begin forwarded message:
From: Jack Watford
Date: February 4, 2013, 8:15:01 PM EST
To:
Subject: 2013 WBCA High School All-America Team
Reply-To: Jack Watford
Everyone -- Several of you have signees on the 2013 WBCA High School All-America Team. I am providing this release to you in advance of tomorrow's public announcement: (1) as a professional courtesy so that you have an opportunity to prepare a local release that will coincide with our announcement; and (2) so you can let me know if there are any errors in the information about your signees. Please note that this information is embargoed for public release until 9 a.m. ET tomorrow (Tuesday). -- Jack

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EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 9 A.M. ET TUESDAY, FEB. 5
Contact: Jack Watford, WBCA Director of Communications, 770-279-8027 ext. 112

WBCA announces top 20 high school seniors selected to play
in 2013 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by NIKE

ATLANTA (February 5, 2013) – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the participants for the 2013 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by NIKE. The nation’s top 20 high school senior girls’ basketball players have been selected to compete in the annual game.

The 22nd annual High School All-America Game, which is held as part of the WBCA National Convention, will be played Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the New Orleans Arena, site of the 2013 NCAA® Women’s Final Four®. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. CT. For the fourth consecutive year, the game will be played on the official NCAA Women’s Final Four court. The 20 players will be divided into two 10-player teams for the game, which will be played according to NCAA rules.

“The 20 members of this year’s High School All-America Team have been great leaders for their teams and for the game of girls’ and women’s basketball as it continues to grow,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “I am excited to see how these young women perform this year in New Orleans at the WBCA High School All-America Game presented by NIKE.”
Here are the 20 players selected to participate in the 2013 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by NIKE:

Name School Hometown Signed
Lindsay Allen Saint John's College HS Bowie, Md. Notre Dame
Alexis Brown North Gwinnett HS Suwanee, Ga. Maryland
Oderah Chidom Bishop O'Dowd HS Oakland, Calif. Duke
Saniya Chong Ossining HS Ossining, N.Y. Connecticut
Nia Coffey Hopkins HS Minneapolis, Minn. Northwestern
Kendall Cooper St. Anthony HS Carson, Calif. Duke
Kaela Davis Buford HS Buford, Ga. Georgia Tech
Diamond Deshields Norcross HS Norcross, Ga. North Carolina
Rebecca Greenwell Owensboro Catholic HS Owensboro, Ky. Duke
Linnae Harper Whitney Young HS Chicago, Ill. Kentucky
Jessica Jackson Jacksonville HS Jacksonville, Ark. Undeclared
Stephanie Mavunga Brownsburg HS Indianapolis, Ind. North Carolina
Erica McCall Ridgeview HS Bakersfield, Calif. Stanford
Kelsey Plum La Jolla Country Day HS Poway, Calif. Washington
Taya Reimer Hamilton Southeastern HS Indianapolis, Ind. Notre Dame
Mercedes Russell Springfield HS Springfield, Ore. Tennessee
Karlie Samuelson Mater Dei HS Fullerton, Calif. Stanford
Tyler Scaife Hall HS Little Rock, Ark. Rutgers
Jessica Washington Jenks HS Tulsa, Okla. North Carolina
Ronni Williams Atlantic HS Daytona Beach, Fla. Florida

The inaugural WBCA High School All-America Game was played April 17, 1992, at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. The 2013 class of WBCA High School All-Americans joins a long list of well-known past participants including Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw, Katie Smith, Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Alana Beard, Maya Moore and Brittney Griner.

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 20-player All-America team and a 20-player honorable mention team are selected from the nominees by a selection committee composed of WBCA-member girls’ high school basketball coaches who represent nine geographical districts across the country.

"The WBCA High School All-American Selection Committee congratulates the 20 players who will represent our organization during the NCAA Women’s Final Four Super Saturday festivities in New Orleans," said Kernersville (N.C.) Bishop Mcguinness High School head coach Brian Robinson, who chairs the WBCA All-America Selection Committee. “As chair of the committee, I am proud of the time and work that was given to selecting this team. Obviously, it is a tough and sometimes painstaking process, but in the end, I do think the committee did a wonderful job. We are positive these girls will represent the WBCA, and the future of women's college basketball, tremendously in April."

The 2013 selection committee is also composed of Stacy Bilodeau, Walpole High School (Mass.); Eric Smith, Cicero-North Syracuse High School (N.Y.); Jody Patrick, Flint Hill School (Va.); Tony Smith, Bolingbrook High School (Ill.); Kelly Flynn, South Sioux City High School (Neb.); Teri Morrison, Carroll Senior 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. WBCA Manager of Event, Awards & Office Administration Daniella Trujillo is staff liaison to the committee.

Here are the 20 players receiving 2013 WBCA High School All-America honorable mention:

Name School Hometown Signed
Christen Inman Seven Lakes HS Katy, Texas Northwestern
Kailee Johnson Central Catholic HS Portland, Ore. Stanford
Makayla Epps Marion County HS Lebanon, Ky. Kentucky
Kai James Dwyer HS Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Florida State
Danielle Williams St. Mary’s HS Phoenix, Ariz. Michigan
Raigyne Moncrief American Heritage HS Lauderhill, Fla. LSU
Rebekah Dahlman Braham Area HS Braham, Minn. Vanderbilt
Kianna Holland Seneca HS Seneca, S.C. Duke
Ieshia Small FSU HS (Tallahassee) Miami, Fla. Undeclared
Dakota Gonzalez Highland HS Pocatello, Idaho Kansas
Adriene Motley Woodside HS Newport News, Va. Miami
Jordan Reynolds Central Catholic HS Portland, Ore. Tennessee
Halle Washington Parkway HS Bossier City, La. Georgia
Imani Wright Liberty-Eylau HS Hooks, Texas Baylor
Jada Buckley Mason City HS Mason, Iowa Iowa State
Teanna Muldrow East Orange HS East Orange, N.J. West Virginia
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Hopewell HS Aliquippa, Pa. Maryland
Alaina Coates Dutch Fork HS Irmo, S.C. South Carolina
Allisha Gray Washington County HS Sandersville, Ga. North Carolina
Antania Hayes Martin Luther King HS Detroit, Mich. DePaul


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