Three D.C.-area girls’ basketball standouts were selected Tuesday to play in the McDonald’s all-American game in Atlanta on March 28. Forward Shakira Austin and guard Honesty Scott-Grayson of Riverdale Baptist and forward Amira Collins of Paul VI will represent their schools in the annual event.
Austin and Scott-Grayson are one of two girls’ pairs who were chosen from the same school and will therefore be facing off against each other. Austin, who is averaging 15.1 points per game this season, will play for the East team and Scott-Grayson (12.6) will play for the West team. Hamilton Heights Academy from Tennessee is the only other school with two players in the game.
Collins is the lone representative of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, widely considered one of the strongest girls’ basketball leagues in the country. She has teamed up with junior guard Ashley Owusu this season to lead the Panthers to a 15-2 record, averaging 16.7 points per game.
“It’s a great honor to get chosen and to represent the DMV and show everyone that the WCAC produces great athletes,” Collins said.
Collins first started watching the game in middle school and dreamed of making it one day. When she was in high school and saw a few teammates selected, she became even more determined to get there herself. She was at home Tuesday when the rosters were announced via Twitter.
“I was just crying,” she said. “I was so surprised and happy to make it.”
All 24 girls selected for the game this year are already committed to play at the next level. Austin will play for Coach Brenda Frese at Maryland, Scott-Grayson is one of four Baylor commits on the West team, and Collins is headed to Tennessee.