Weddington High senior Stephanie Watts made the 2015 McDonald’s All-American team. In all, 823 players from 47 states and the District of Columbia were nominated by high school coaches, athletics directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All-American Game selection committee.
The award signifies Watts, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, as one of the nation’s top girls’ players. She will play in the All-American game April 1 at Chicago’s United Center. The boys’ game will also be played there April 1.
All 24 of the girls who are All-Americans have committed to colleges. Connecticut, Louisvillle and Notre Dame have three; Maryland, Baylor, Texas and UNC have two.
Watts – who was named one of 16 finalists for the Naismith girls’ high school player of the year award – will attend North Carolina. She will be joined by small forward Destinee Walker of Lake Highland (Fla.) Prep. Duke has one All-American: Kyra Lambert, a point guard from Samuel Clemens (Texas) High.
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• Two Carolinas players made the boys’ game: Kinston’s Brandon Ingram, who is undecided for college, and Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley point guard P.J. Dozier, who is a South Carolina recruit. Duke has two McDonald’s All-Americans: shooting guard Luke Kennard of Franklin, Ohio, and center Chase Jeter of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. No other Carolinas schools had All-Americans.
Duke and LSU had the most All-Americans with two. In all, 24 players from 18 states were selected.
Davidson Day shocks Greensboro Day
Tuesday night, Davidson Day pulled off an upset that shocked the North Carolina high school world.
Twitter was abuzz after news broke that Davidson Day had beaten Greensboro Day 53-51 at home. Greensboro Day was 26-0 entering the game and ranked No. 14 nationally by USA Today and No. 5 by MaxPreps.
The Bengals jumped to an 8-0 lead before Davidson Day coach Jeff Coble called timeout and asked his team to settle down.
“They just battled back after that,” said Coble, a former Charlotte Latin star. In 1994, Coble’s team was 27-1 and lost to Greensboro Day in the regular season but beat the Bengals in the state championship game. “We have seniors on this team who don’t want to lose and they compete, and we were able to get a lead.”
Coble also switched to a 2-3 zone that baffled the Bengals, who couldn’t make shots against it. Finally, with six seconds left, Davidson Day missed a free throw and Greensboro Day dribbled upcourt to try to tie or win the game. But the Bengals’ shot attempt came after the buzzer sounded.
Davidson Day fans rushed the floor.
“It was crazy,” Coble said. “It’s huge for us. Our seniors have never beaten Greensboro Day, and to beat them when they come in undefeated and ranked in the nation and all the hype that goes with that, man, it’s a big win for us and it shows our team that they can compete with anybody.”
• Former North Mecklenburg star Andrea Stinson will be inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame May 15 in Raleigh. The Hall was established in 1963. Stinson was national player of the year in high school and was a three-time All-American at N.C. State. She was ACC player of the year in 1990 and is the Wolfpack’s all-time leading scorer with a 22.7 per game scoring average. Stinson played with the WBNA’s Charlotte Sting from 1997 to 2004. She is now girls’ basketball coach at Newton-Conover.
• Metrolina Christian’s Emeka Nwankwo had 22 points and 22 rebounds in Tuesday’s 58-42 win over Westminster Catawba.
Olympic High defensive end Emmanuel Olenga, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior, has committed to N.C. State. Olenga, a first-team All-Observer pick, runs a 4.72-second 40-yard dash and was his team’s MVP. He had 16.5 sacks, 105 tackles and forced five fumbles. He had 14 Division I offers.
• Concord running back Rocky Reid, who initially committed to Tennessee, has instead chosen Wake Forest. Reid, a 6-foot, 218-pound senior, was an All-Observer first-team pick. He ran 300 times for 2,734 yards and 38 touchdowns.