Jan. 30, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State women’s basketball signee Shakayla Thomas, a top-notch talent of FSU’s 2014 recruiting class, has been named a McDonald’s All-American as announced by the McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Games.
Thomas, a native of Sylacauga, Ala., will participate in the nation’s top annual high school basketball all-star event on April 2 at Chicago’s United Center. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
“I’m very proud of Shakayla for this recognition that she deserves and has worked hard for,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She is a dynamic athlete whose explosiveness and power make her one of the best. She has had great people around her who have helped develop her into an All-American. We can’t wait for Shakayla to get to Tallahassee.”
Since the 2010 recruiting class, Florida State has signed three McDonald’s All-Americans and added four overall. Current senior Natasha Howard was part of the McDonald’s All-American alumni in 2010, while freshman center Kai James was part of the 2013 McDonald’s All-American class. While she did not originally sign with Florida State, current redshirt sophomore guard Morgan Jones is also an alumni of the distinguished All-American club, playing in the 2011 game.
“Our current players who have participated in this event point to it as a highlight in their careers,” Semrau added. “The McDonald’s All-American game allows for some of the top girls and boys players in the game to develop a special connection and to serve together in the community.”
Thomas is a 5-foot-11 forward with incredible athleticism, garnering attention as one of the top forwards in the most recent signing class. She ranked No. 12 overall by ESPNHoopGurlz as well as third at the forward position, and earned a No. 15 overall ranking by the All-Star Girls Report.
At Sylacauga High School, Thomas has put up tremendous numbers. She already owned the Alabama High School Athletic Association record for career rebounds with 2,222 entering her senior season, and was one of just a select few Alabamans who reached the 3,000-point mark going into her final year. As a sophomore, she averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and five assists per game. In her junior year, she was just as explosive averaging 31.9 points, 14.5 boards while shooting 52 percent from the floor.
With her senior-year credentials yet to be awarded, Thomas is a two-time Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A Girls Player of the Year. She is also a two-time first team 5A all-state performer, and has led her varsity squad in scoring every season since the seventh grade.
Thomas is Florida State’s fourth McDonald’s All-American who has signed directly out of high school, joining James (2013), Howard (2010) and Shante Williams (2003). Williams was one of several FSU women’s basketball alumnae who were back in Tallahassee last weekend.
The Seminoles have signed more McDonald’s All-Americans than any college in the state of Florida.
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