The McDonald’s All-American game is one of the most prestigious basketball games played each year by American and Canadian boys’ and girls’ high school basketball seniors.
This year, Mainland’s (Linwood, N.J.) Kylee Watson, a five-star recruit, is one of the players selected to participate in the girls’ all-star game.
The six-foot-four-inch muscular forward is an impressive player, which ESPN has her ranked No. 15 in the nation. Watson guided the Mustangs to their first-ever Group 3 championship last season, averaging 18.1 points, 11 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.
Watson is one of Mainland’s most decorated hoopsters, boys or girls, to ever step foot on the hardwood. She owns the school’s career mark for points in both categories.
It’s no wonder that Watson’s such a gifted athlete. Her father, Tim, played in the NFL, and the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the sixth round — the 185th overall choice, 14 spots ahead of Tom Brady — in the 2000 NFL Draft.
He’s currently the head football coach at Cedar Creek in Egg Harbor City.
Additionally, the Oregon-bound — one of five McDonald All Americans headed to the college next fall — scoring machine’s mother, Courtney, played Division-I basketball at Delaware.
The girls McDonald’s All-American game is on Wednesday, April 1, at the Toyota Center in Houston. It will air live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. that day. Tickets are now available on the McDonald’s All-American website or through the Toyota Center box office.
— Jerry Del Priore