Women's Basketball signee Raven named McDonald's All-American
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- For the second time in nine days, University of Texas women's basketball signee Brittainey Raven has earned prestigious All-America honors, as the 6-0 guard was named Thursday to the 2006 McDonald's All-America Team and will play in the elite McDonald's All-America Game next month.
Raven, who hails from Fort Worth, Texas and North Crowley High School, was one of 24 female players named to play in the McDonald's All-America Game. The fifth annual Girls Game takes place on Wednesday, March 29 at San Diego State's Cox Arena, with a portion of the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego and their Ronald McDonald House program.
The McDonald's All-America Girls Game begins at 4:30 p.m. (PST, 6:30 p.m. Central) on March 29 while the boys' All-America Game begins at 7 p.m. (PST, 9 p.m. Central). The boy's game is televised live on ESPN, while the girl's game will be broadcast on tape-delay by ESPN2 on Monday, April 6, 2006 at noon (Central).
Raven becomes the seventh of Jody Conradt's signees selected as a McDonald's All-American in the five years of McDonald's sponsoring the Girls Game and the All-America Team. She joins former McDonald's All-Americans and Longhorn players Nina Norman (2002), Tiffany Jackson (2003), Kalee Carey (2003), Erika Arriaran (2005), Crystal Boyd (2005) and Earnesia Williams (2005).
On Feb. 15, Raven was selected to play in the April 1st WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike, which takes place during the NCAA Women's Final Four in Boston. That game will be held at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena. She led North Crowley to the bi-district state playoffs this year and averaged 27.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.4 steals per game during the regular season.
"Being selected for the McDonald's All American Games is one of the greatest accomplishments in a basketball player's career," said legendary Coach John Wooden, chairman of the McDonald All-America Games and 10-time NCAA Champion at UCLA (1948-1975). "Not only will these youth contribute to the list of the best basketball players of all-time, but they will aid in raising money for a very important cause."
This year, 48 players (24 male, 24 female) were selected from 2,500 nominees by a committee of basketball experts. They were chosen not only for their on-court skills, but for their performances off the court as well.
Nearly $5 million has been raised since the Game was first played in 1978. In addition to the McDonald's All American Games, players will participate in the PowerAde Jam Fest (a slam dunk, team ball and 3-point competition) in Peterson Gym at San Diego State University, Monday, March 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. (PST). The segment will air immediately following the Boys Game, March 29 on ESPN.