PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers women's basketball signees Jasmine Dixon (Long Beach, Calif.), Chelsey Lee (Miami, Fla), Brooklyn Pope (Fort Worth, Texas), Nikki Speed (Pasadena, Calif.) and April Sykes (Crawford, Miss.) were named to the McDonald's High School All-American team, it was announced in a live telecast on ESPNU on Tuesday evening.
The McDonald's All-American game will be held on March 26 (7:00 p.m./ESPNU) at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc. The quintet of future Scarlet Knights were among the 24 members selected for the seventh annual event on the girl's side. On the boy's side, 24 members were also tabbed as the 48 total high school stars were chosen from over 2,500 nominations across the country.
"That's pretty special. I've never had five McDonald's All-Americans (at one time). Wow," said head coach C. Vivian Stringer after RU's win over Notre Dame on Tuesday night. "My statement to the group was that they needed (in their final high school season) to serve notice, play hard, play great defense, be sharp, be friends, become a family; so the whole world can see the potential of these future Scarlet Knights."
Suiting up for the west squad will be 5-11 guard Dixon (Long Beach Poly), 6-2 forward Pope (Dunbar) and 5-9 guard Speed (Marlborough School). The East team has the services of 6-3 center Lee (Parkway Academy) and 6-1 forward Sykes (East Oktibbeha County).
Rutgers, along with Tennessee, boasts the most representation at the premier prep showcase affair.
Current Scarlet Knights Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson participated in the 2004 game in Oklahoma City, Kia Vaughn made her debut in the 2005 event in South Bend, Ind. Epiphanny Prince and Khadijah Rushdan were members of the East squad in 2006 (San Diego) and 2007 (Louisville), respectively.