Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I now believe the McDonald's All-America Game is a crock. And no, that's not a play on the founder of the burger franchise.

This is the list of Connecticut's girls nominees for this year's game:

Richelle Anderson (Bulkeley High School, Hartford)
Katie Ciarleglio (Holy Cross High School, Waterbury)
Calli Coffee (Old Lyme High School, Old Lyme)
Brittany Demers (East Windsor High School, East Windsor)
Desiree Pina (Plainville High School, Plainville)
Ilicia Mathis, Gabrielle Oglesby (Hill Regional Career Magnet
H.S., New Haven)
Michelle White
(James Hillhouse High School, New Haven)

Anything stand out? How about the state's top player, Heather Buck. Can someone please explain to me how the Gatorade Player of the Year for Connecticut is NOT a candidate for the showcase game? Buck is widely viewed as one of the top 30 high school players on the country but gets no love.

Website Scout.com ranks Buck as the 21st best recruit of this graduating class. De'Shena Stevens of Stamford's Trinity Catholic is ranked 34th. None of the nominees are listed among the top 249 seniors in the country.

Who is on McDonald's selection committee? They need to re-evaluate the selection process because they got this wrong.

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