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2018-19 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Girls Basketball Team

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USA TODAY High School Sports is unveils the American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason boys basketball team for the 2018-19 season with the selection of 25 players.
The team was selected by USA TODAY Sports’ Jason Jordan in consultation with the USA TODAY High School Sports staff and various recruiting analysts and high school coaches.
Statistics are from last season, except where otherwise noted. Players are listed in alphabetical order.
MORE: ALL-USA Preseason Boys Basketball Team
RELATED: Super 25 Preseason Girls Basketball Rankings
Click through the gallery to meet the players:

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rock Island (Ill.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wing<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-0<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> South Carolina<br />
Beal became the fourth player to win back-to-back Miss Basketball awards in Illinois, according to <a href="https://247sports.com/college/louisville/Article/Top-15-Louisville-womens-target-Breanna-Beal-has-the-Cardinals-in-her-final-five-120782086/">247 Sports</a>, after averaging 21.9 points and 10.2 rebounds as a junior, per the <a href="https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/highschool/ct-spt-ms-basketball-brea-beal-rock-island-20180330-story.html">Chicago Tribune</a>. If she can win it again, she’ll join WNBA star Candace Parker as the only player to have three.</p>

<p><em>Photo: USA Basketball</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> McKinley (Canton, Ohio)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-1<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Ohio State<br />
Known to many in Ohio as “She-Bron,” per <a href="http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/25228337/a-z-guide-2018-ncaa-early-signing-period-women-basketball">ESPNW</a>, Bell averaged 33.4 points, 10 rebounds and 5.1 steals per game last season as she won the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year award.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Scott Heckel, The Canton Repository</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Whitfield (Berkeley, Miss.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-0<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Missouri<br />
Fresh off a <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/b/blackwell-aijha.aspx">USA Basketball</a> showing over summer in which she started four games, averaged 9.3 points per game and helped the team win gold, Blackwell will try to take another leap forward after averaging 24.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and two steals per game as a junior.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Whitfield School</em></p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Appomattox Regional Governor's Arts & Tech (Petersburg, Va.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Forward<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-2<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Marquette<br />
You like triple-doubles? How about triple-doubles that include blocks? Look no further than Boyd, who had <a href="https://www.richmond.com/sports/high-school/basketball/girls/all-metro-basketball-player-of-the-year-jada-boyd-commits/article_7e1a41d7-947c-5dca-b83c-73ed241edf92.html">11 triple-doubles</a> last season – three of them coming in a <a href="http://www.progress-index.com/sports/20180208/3-triple-doubles-99-total-points-this-week-for-jada-boyd">single week</a> – as she compiled season averages of 35.9 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.5 blocks per game.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority, 247Sports</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Worcester Academy (Mass.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Post<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-4<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Undecided<br />
Since leaving the Virgin Islands to move to Massachusetts at the age of 12, according to <a href="http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/24811694/elite-prospect-aliyah-boston-strikes-gold-usa-basketball-leaving-paradise-behind">ESPNW</a>, Boston has emerged as a star. She had led Worcester to a 42-2 record over the last two seasons and averaged 21.2 ppg and 14.0 rpg to go along with a dominant 6.2 blocks and 2.2 steals per contest, per <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/b/boston-aliyah.aspx">USA Basketball</a>.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Shannon Power Photography</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Bishop McNamara (Temple Hills, Md.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wing<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-0<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> NC State<br />
A dominant player on the volleyball and basketball court alike, Brown-Turner averaged 19.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game <a href="https://usatodayhss.com/2018/2017-18-all-usa-maryland-girls-basketball-team">last season</a>. She is <a href="http://www.espn.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/228897">ESPN’s</a> No. 4 wing in the class of 2019.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Chris Thompkins Photography</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> William Monroe (Standardsville, Va.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Forward<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-2<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Notre Dame<br />
Brunelle averaged almost twice as many points per game last year as she did rebounds – and she averaged 15.6 boards per contest. That, to go along with her 30 ppg and 3 bpg, earned her the Virginia <a href="https://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com/winner/samantha-brunelle/36512">Gatorade Player of the Year</a> award.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Brian Mellott</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-10<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Junior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Undecided<br />
The No. 1 point guard in the 2020 class averaged a well-rounded 24.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists while swiping 3.7 steals per game last season – as a sophomore. She’s back as an upperclassman after playing with Team USA over summer.</p>

<p><em>Photo: John Sherman, Sun Newspapers</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines, Iowa)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-11<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Junior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Undecided<br />
An excellent shooter, dribbler and playmaker, Caitlin Clark averaged 27.1 points per game as a sophomore, according to the <a href="http://www.amestrib.com/sports/20180728/attack-point-guard-coveted-by-entire-nation—including-isu">Ames Tribune</a>. She’s the No. 4 overall player in the class of 2020, according to <a href="http://www.espn.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/225153">ESPN</a>.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Rodney White/The Register</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Rogers (Toledo, Ohio)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-9<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> South Carolina<br />
Cooke doubled her assists average last year, posting 24 points and six assists and rebounds apiece as Rogers won its second straight championship. Cooke, <a href="http://www.espn.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/212669">ESPN’s</a> No. 2 point guard in her class, was part of the <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/c/cooke-zia.aspx">USA Basketball</a> U16 and U17 teams.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Albert "Mick" Earl</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Henderson (Troy, Ala.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Post<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-4<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Rutgers<br />
Davenport has established herself as a fierce inside presence on both sides of the court nationally and abroad. As a junior, she averaged 18.2 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game. On the U18 <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/d/davenport-maori.aspx">USA Basketball</a> national team, she averaged 7.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 2.7 bpg.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Joey Meredith/Charles Henderson HS</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-10<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Sophomore<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Undecided<br />
As a freshman, Fudd averaged 24.0 points per game while contributing 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists. The No. 1 player in the class of 2021 won a gold medal with the FIBA U17 World Cup team over summer.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Larry French/St. John s College</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Allen (Texas)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-2<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Louisville<br />
Green uses her height to create mismatches and grab boards, as she averaged 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 assist per game as a junior, according to <a href="https://247sports.com/college/louisville/Article/Louisville-womens-basketball-coach-Jeff-Walz-announced-the-signing-of-Nyah-Green-and-Ramani-Parker-124792048/">247 Sports</a>. She is the No. 12 player in the class of 2019, per <a href="http://www.espn.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/196850">ESPN</a>.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Allen HS</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wing<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-1<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Undecided<br />
The No. 1 player in the class of 2019 from the No. 1 school in the country returns with a vengeance after losing last year’s championship game in triple-overtime. Jones averaged 21.8 points, 10 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game to go along with 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals.</p>

<p><em>Photo: D. Ross Cameron, USA TODAY Sports Images</em></p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Africentric (Columbus, Ohio)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-1<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Tennessee<br />
Five-star Jordan Horston, the No. 2 player in her class, averaged 18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.1 assist, and was a fiend on defense with 5.1 steals and 1.7 blocks last year. She averaged 10.1 points, seven rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.4 steals with Team USA over summer, according to <a href="http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/24884091/tennessee-lady-vols-get-verbal-commitment-no-2-prospect-jordan-horston">ESPN</a>.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Nicc Jackson/Blue Star</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Detroit Edison Public Academy (Detroit)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wing<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-2<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Mississippi State<br />
Since going 9-6 in Jackson’s freshman year, Edison High School has taken massive strides behind her, winning state titles in years two and three. Jackson averaged 21.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.9 combined blocks and steals, per <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/j/jackson-rickea.aspx">USA Basketball</a>, as Edison only had one loss.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Brandon Folsom/Special to the Detroit Free Press</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Schlarman (Danville, Ill.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-10<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Notre Dame<br />
Peoples showed off her vision and passing skills by averaging 3.0 assists on U18 <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/p/peoples-anaya.aspx">USA Basketball</a>, which was tied for the team-high. As a junior, she averaged a 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game to lead her team to championship.</p>

<p><em>Photo: USA Basketball</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Franklin (Somerset, N.J.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-1<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Maryland<br />
Miller, the No. 6 guard in the class of 2019, per <a href="http://www.espn.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/225172">ESPN</a>, broke out for a 23.7 point-per-game average, besting her sophomore year effort by five points, according to <a href="http://highschoolsports.nj.com/news/article/-4375204923106010293/girls-basketball-franklins-diamond-miller-makes-non-binding-college-commitment/">NJ.com</a>. She played for the 2017 U16 Team <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/m/miller-diamond.aspx">USA Basketball</a> squad.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Peter Ackerman</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Windward School (Inglewood, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-9<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> UCLA<br />
A strong shooter and playmaker, Osborne averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and 5.3 assists per game while averaging 3.5 steals per contest on the defensive side, per <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/o/osborne-charisma.aspx">USA Basketball</a>. She’ll try to lead Windward to its third straight championship.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Joe Lester</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Paul VI (Woodbridge, Va.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-9<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Maryland<br />
McDonald’s All-American Game. USA Basketball. Owusu has done it all. Her strong defense and 19.2 points-per-game average earned <a href="http://www.espn.com/high-school/girls-basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/212826/ashley-owusu">ESPN’s</a> top point guard in 2019 a spot on the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/recruiting-insider/wp/2018/03/21/2018-winter-all-met-girls-basketball-first-team-second-team-honorable-mentions/">Washington Post’s</a> All-Met first team.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports Images</em></p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> Plano West (Texas)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-6<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> UCLA<br />
A confident shooter who can pull the trigger <a href="https://usatodayhss.com/2018/ucla-commit-jaden-owens-create-more-for-everyone-shooting-passing">off the dribble or on a step-back</a>, Owens broke out her junior year by averaging 20.4 points, 4.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals per game.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Triple Threat Training</em></p>

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<p><strong>School:</strong> St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wing<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 6-foot-3<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Junior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Undecided<br />
After averaging <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/r/reese-angel.aspx">17.6 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists</a> per game as a sophomore to lead St. Frances Academy to its second straight championship, the five-star guard will be looking for a three-peat.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports </em>Images</p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Wing<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-11<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Maryland<br />
Tucker uses her athleticism to grab every board in sight. Despite being 5-foot-11, she averaged a whopping 13.2 rebounds per game last season to go along with 16.9 points and 1.8 steals per game.</p>

<p><em>Photo: USA Basketball</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> Cashmere (Wenatcee, Wash.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-8<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Junior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Undecided<br />
Van Lith averaged 32.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 6.4 steals per game last season, according to <a href="https://www.usab.com/basketball/players/womens/v/van-lith-hailey.aspx">USA Basketball</a>. There has yet to be a Washington Class A state championship game without her since she started high school.</p>

<p><em>Photo: Don Seabrook/Wenatchee World</em></p>

<p><strong>School:</strong> University School of Milwaukee (Wis.)<br />
<strong>Position:</strong> Point guard<br />
<strong>Ht:</strong> 5-foot-7<br />
<strong>Year:</strong> Senior<br />
<strong>College:</strong> Marquette<br />
Williams somehow one-upped her sophomore year averages (31.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 5.0 spg) by averaging 39.9 points, 7.2 assists, 11.8 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game as a junior. Can she hit the 40 point-per-game mark in her final season?</p>

<p><em>Photo: Antony McHenry</em></p>

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The moment Rickea Jackson knew she was going to pick Mississippi State

After visiting Mississippi State once, Rickea Jackson knew she had to take a second visit.
Detroit Edison’s Jackson, 6-feet-3, is the No. 1 player in the state and ranked No. 9 in the country by ESPN. She is the most heavily recruited player in the state in decades.
The second trip to Starkville, Miss., is the one that did the trick.
“The first time on my official visit I had that feeling already,” she said Friday. “I wanted to give the same opportunity to all of the schools. So I waited and took unofficials to South Carolina, Rutgers and Mississippi State. The second time around I just knew for a fact that Mississippi State was the place for me.”
Before the student body in the Edison gym, Jackson showed a video of her committing to Mississippi State and she entered the gym wearing an MSU Bulldogs shirt, accompanied by a bulldog on a leash.
Ultimately, Jackson’s decision came down to South Carolina, which has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, or Mississippi State.
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“I wouldn’t mind being part of it that class, but I wanted to go where I knew I would be comfortable, not because of a ranking,” Jackson said. “It’s just like a family atmosphere there. It was a feeling that was not anywhere else. It felt like home. I was so comfortable.”
Last season in leading Edison to its second straight Class C state championship, Jackson averaged 21.9 points and 10 rebounds.
Edison coach Monique Brown believes this season we will see an even better version of Jackson and she struggled to pick out her best attribute.
“It used to be rebounding, but now she’s so versatile,” Brown said. “I’d say it’s getting to the basket and finishing. Her jump shot has improved tremendously. I haven’t seen anybody’s jump shot improve in a year or so as much as hers has.”

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Another selling point for Mississippi State was the opportunity for Jackson to improve and expand her game under coach Vic Schaefer.
“Coach Schaefer is a major developer, as you can see with Big T,” she said, referring to 6-7 All-America Teaira McCowan. “As a freshman she was not that good and look at her now. She is amazing. I feel like he will help to polish every that I have, especially my defense because they are a defensive team.”
Actually picking one school became tougher and tougher as the recruiting process wore on. It got to the point that she had a difficult time speaking to the college coaches.
“I almost cried myself to sleep every night,” Jackson said. “Only because I built so many relationships with different people and I felt like telling them no, it just broke my heart because at the end of the day I had to tell them I wasn’t coming there.”
Read the full story at the Detroit Free Press.

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