ATLANTA (March 10, 2016) – Lauren Cox of Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas, is the 2016 WBCA High School Player of the Year and headlines the 2016 WBCA High School Coaches’ All-America Team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today.
Cox, a 6-foot-4 senior, is the top-ranked player in the United States according to ESPN HoopGurlz.com and has signed with Baylor. She averaged 19.0 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game during her high school career.
The forward holds numerous career awards, honors, recognitions and highlights. As a senior, Cox is a top five Naismith Player of the Year candidate, has been named to the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Team and is a Wendy’s Heisman state finalist. She was awarded the Texas Gatorade® Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a junior. During the past three seasons Cox was named a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) All-State member and was selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) First Team All-State.
Cox helped lead Team USA to gold at the 2013 U16, 2014 U17 and 2015 U19 FIBA World Championship.
“The WBCA is delighted to name Lauren as the 2016 WBCA High School Player of the Year,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Lauren has played an integral role in guiding her team to an extraordinary season, and is very deserving of this distinguished honor. The WBCA applauds Lauren for her hard work, dedication and contributions to the game during the 2015-16 season.”
Here are the 10 players selected to the 2016 WBCA High School All-America Team:
|Erin Boley||Elizabethtown High School||Hodgenville, Ky.||Notre Dame|
|Kaila Charles||Riverdale Baptist High School||Glendale, Md.||Maryland|
|Natalie Chou||Plano West High School||Plano, Texas||Baylor|
|Lauren Cox||Flower Mound High School||Flower Mound, Texas||Baylor|
|Crystal Dangerfield||Blackman High School||Murfreesboro, Tenn.||Connecticut|
|Joyner Holmes||Cedar Hill High School||Cedar Hill, Texas||Texas|
|Sabrina Ionescu||Miramonte High School||Walnut Creek, Calif.||Undeclared|
|Tori McCoy||The High School of St. Thomas More||Champaign, Ill.||Ohio State|
|Leaonna Odom||Chaminade College Prep||Los Alamitos, Calif.||Duke|
|Destiny Slocum||Mountain View High School||Meridian, Idaho||Maryland|
“The 10 members of the 2016 WBCA High School Coaches’ All-America Team are well deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for their accomplishments this season,” said Donehew. “These young women have worked to elevate themselves and their teams to an elite level and through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have lifted the women’s game.”
Any graduating senior can be nominated for the WBCA High School Coaches’ 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 10-player Coaches’ 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 2016 selection committee is composed of Brian Robinson (chair), Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School (North Carolina); Eric Smith, Cicero-North Syracuse High School (New York); Jody Patrick, Flint Hill School (Virginia); Melissa Guebert, Eastview High School; Jill Nagel, Rock Bridge High School (Missouri); Todd Monsey, Mansfield Timberview High School (Texas); Carl Mattei, Regis Jesuit High School (Colorado); Kevin Kiernan, Mater Dei High School (California); Angie Hembree, Norcross High School (Georgia); and Gary Glasscock, Metro High School (Missouri) who is past chair. Daniella Trujillo, WBCA manager of events, awards & office administration, is staff liaison to the committee.
Here are the 20 players receiving 2016 WBCA High School All-America honorable mention:
|Mi’Cole Cayton||St. Mary’s High School||Stockton, Calif.||Nebraska|
|Nicole Ekhomu||Joliet Catholic Academy||Bolingbrook, Ill.||Florida State|
|Nadia Fingall||Choctawhatchee High School||Navarre, Fla.||Stanford|
|A’Tyanna Gaulden||Sumter County Comp High School||Americus, Ga.||Florida State|
|Ae’Rianna Harris||Lawrence North High School||Indianapolis, Ind.||Purdue|
|Valerie Higgins||Chaminade College Prep||Granada Hills, Calif.||USC|
|Ciera Johnson||Duncanville High School||Duncanville, Texas||Louisville|
|Kiara Lewis||Whitney Young High School||Chicago, Ill.||Ohio State|
|Nancy Mulkey||Cypress Woods High School||Cypress, Texas||Oklahoma|
|Mikayla Pivec||Lynnwood High School||Lynnwood, Wash.||Oregon State|
|Amber Ramirez||Karen Wagner High School||San Antonio, Texas||TCU|
|Ally Rosenblum||Mater Dei High School||Newport Coast, Calif.||UCLA|
|Kylee Shook||Mesa Ridge High School||Colorado Springs, Colo.||Louisville|
|Jenna Staiti||West Forsyth High School||Cumming, Ga.||Maryland|
|Alecia Sutton||Parkway North High School||St. Louis, Mo.||Texas|
|Dominique Toussaint||Christ the King High School||Staten Island, N.Y.||Virginia|
|Jada Underwood||Dr. John Horn High School||Mesquite, Texas||Texas|
|Jasmine Walker||Jefferson Davis High School||Montgomery, Ala.||Florida State|
|Blair Watson||Nutley High School||Nutley, N.J.||Maryland|
|Jackie Young||Princeton Community High School||Princeton, Ind.||Notre Dame|
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