It’s been a busy week for three players from the New York-New Jersey area who participated in the 2015 McDonald’s All American high school basketball game, held this week in Chicago. Before leaving for Chicago, the players were honored during a Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center.
For 6-foot-3 forward Samantha Fuehring from Montclair, N.J., the Nets and All American Games were opportunities to meet people taller than herself. Fuehring, who will attend Louisville University, got to meet and spend time with two future teammates who were also on the girls’ East Team.
“[Being a high school All American] has been a goal of mine. Accomplishing a goal is tremendous for me,” said Fuehring. “Here there are other girls who can match up with me. … It gives me a whole idea of what college is going to be about. It’s good to learn.”
Brianna Fraser from Brooklyn, the MVP of this year’s PSAL game, is the first All American from South Shore Victory Collegiate High School. Bound for the University of Maryland in the fall, she’s savoring being part of history.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Fraser, a 6-foot-3 forward, who said Diana Taurasi is her favorite player. “I started playing basketball in the seventh grade. Everyone was telling me I should try to play because I’m tall. I ended up liking it, so I kept playing. I love the whole game—the intensity, the competition of it.”
Both Fuehring and Fraser said they knew right away which college was a good fit. Fraser loves the coaching staff at Maryland, and Fuehring said Louisville players have a great camaraderie and the coaches possess tremendous basketball knowledge.
In Division I women’s college basketball, the Final Four is set. The University of South Carolina has two players from this area on the roster: freshman guards Bianca Cuevas from the Bronx and Doniyah Cliney from Newark. They will face Notre Dame, with junior guard Michaela Mabrey from Belmar, in the semi-final.
In the other semi-final, Connecticut, with sophomore guard Saniya Chong from Ossining, will play Maryland. The Terrapins have two players from New Jersey: freshman forward Aja Ellison from Voorhees and senior guard Laurin Mincy from Newark.