April 2, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State women's basketball 2014 signee Shakayla Thomas (Sylacauga, Ala./Sylacauga HS) finished with a game-high 19 points while shining on the brightest stage of high school basketball in the McDonald's All-American Game held Wednesday night in Chicago's United Center on ESPNU.
Using a combination of slashing drives and accurate pull-up jumpers, Thomas showed off her extreme athleticism as she finished 9-of-15 from the floor and added four rebounds. The Alabama State Player of the Year and the East Team came up short in a back-and-forth game, losing 80-78 to the West Team in what was a competitive game.
For the second consecutive year, Florida State women's basketball is expected to have three McDonald's All-Americans on its roster in 2014-15. Thomas will join current freshman Kai James and current redshirt sophomore Morgan Jones as McDonald's All-American alumnae. Wrapping up her career for FSU is senior Natasha Howard, who finishes as the second-leading scorer in school history and earned McDonald's All-American Game MVP in 2010.
Thomas joins a 2014 recruiting class that was ranked 14th in the nation. In addition to Thomas' athletic presence, FSU will also enjoy the services of incoming guard Chania Ray (Alexandria, Va./Riverdale Baptist High), a combination player with an advanced offensive repertoire. Ama Degbeon (Grünberg, Germany) gives FSU a tall and skilled presence in the post, standing at 6-foot-2.
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