January 16, 2018 - by
Two Women’s Hoops Signees Named McDonald’s All-Americans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball’s fourth-ranked recruiting class of 2018 received big news on Tuesday: Two of its high-ranking players in power forward Valencia Myers (Solon, Ohio) and guard Izabela Nicoletti Leite (Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil) were selected as McDonald’s All-Americans.

Myers and Nicoletti Leite will play in the 17th annual high school all-star game on Wednesday, March 28, at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The 2018 McDonald’s All-American Games Girls Game will air on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. EST.

The two 2018 class members become the fifth and sixth Seminoles to become McDonald’s All-Americans directly out of high school. Overall, FSU has nine McDonald’s All-Americans, which include transfers Morgan Jones (2011), Chatrice White (2014) and Kiah Gillespie (2017).

FSU’s McDonald’s All-American players that attended FSU directly out of high school include Shante Williams (2003), Natasha Howard (2010), Kai James (2013) and Shakayla Thomas (2014).

Myers is powering her Solon High School squad this season, leading them to a Top 10 ranking in the state of Ohio and a No. 2 rank in the Cleveland.com Top 25. The 6-foot-3 player is averaging 15 points, and recently recorded her 1,000th point in high school. She is rated sixth overall at her position in the ESPNW Hoopgurlz Top 100.

Nicoletti Leite is currently playing her high school basketball at Neuse Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. The 5-foot-10 fluid guard is ranked sixth overall and second at her position in the ESPNW Hoopgurlz Top 100.

Both Myers and Nicoletti Leite will represent the East Team at the McDonald’s All-American Games.

This year’s teams were selected from more than 700 nominees by the McDonald’s All American Games selection committee, led by Hall-of-Fame basketball coach and McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman Morgan Wootten.

“The 48 players selected for the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games represent the future of basketball,” said Wootten. “As we leave a great legacy in Chicago, we look
forward to hosting the Games in Atlanta and providing the players with the opportunity to show the entire country their tremendous talent.”

Florida State joins Baylor, Tennessee, UConn, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech as schools with multiple McDonald’s All-American Games selections.

Tickets for the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games go on sale Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. EST via Ticketmaster or the Philips Arena box office. Ticket prices start as low as $10.

Games week will kick-off on Sunday, March 25 with a free Fan Fest at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station (1380 Atlantic Drive) from 12 – 6 p.m. EST. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a day of live entertainment, basketball themed activities and McDonald’s food.

The POWERADE® Jam Fest – featuring McDonald’s All American Games players in a three-point shootout, dunk contest and shooting competition – will be held Monday, March 26. The competitions will air live at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN2.

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