April 1, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State women's basketball incoming player Shakayla Thomas (Sylacauga, Ala./Sylacauga HS) will represent the Garnet and Gold in the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Thomas' participation in Wednesday's famous high school All-American game will mark the second straight season a Seminole has played in the annual event. Last season, current freshman center Kai James played in the McDonald's All-American game, while senior forward Natasha Howard also competed in 2010.
Thomas is Florida State's fourth McDonald's All-American to sign as a Seminole directly out of high school. The others include James (2013), Howard (2010) and Shante Williams (2003). This past season, FSU had three McDonald's All-Americans on its roster including redshirt sophomore Morgan Jones, who transferred to FSU after signing with Northwestern in 2011.
Florida State has signed more McDonald's All-Americans than any college in the state of Florida. Thomas is one of the 2014 class' most highly-touted players, ranking 12th overall in the ESPN HoopGurlz class rankings. Thomas was a finalist for the prestigious Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award given to the best male and female McDonald's All-American players who exemplify outstanding character, leadership and embody the values of a student-athlete.
The FSU signee is also coming off an outstanding performance in the annual Alabama-Mississippi Girls All-Star Game. Thomas earned Alabama MVP honors by scoring an Alabama record 31 points in the game, going 13-of-21 from the floor in a 95-89 win by Mississippi.
Thomas scored a remarkable 4,242 points in her high school career, becoming just the fifth player from the state of Alabama to cross the 4,000-point mark. She averaged 32.7 points in her senior season en route to being the state player of the year. She led her varsity squad in scoring in every year since the seventh grade. Thomas also nabbed over 2,000 rebounds in her illustrious career, and led Sylacauga High to the state final this past season.
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