TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – For the second straight year, two Florida State Women’s Basketball signees have earned spots in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Upcoming freshmen Sammie Puisis (William Mason High School – Mason, Ohio) and River Baldwin (Pleasant Home High School – Andalusia, Ala.) were recognized as two of just 24 high school players across the country to be named Girls McDonald’s All-Americans – considered one of the biggest individual honors in high school athletics. Puisis, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward and Baldwin, a 6-foot-5 post, will represent the East Team.
The 18th annual Girls McDonald’s All-American Game will be held Wednesday, March 27, at 5 p.m. ET at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Ga. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Last year, current freshmen Valencia Myers and Izabela Nicoletti represented the Seminoles in the annual game. Puisis and Baldwin become the seventh and eighth Seminoles to become McDonald’s All-Americans directly out of high school.
Overall, FSU has 11 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) along with Myers, Nicoletti, Puisis and Baldwin.
Puisis is one of four representatives from the state of Ohio in this year’s games. So far in her senior season, she is averaging 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.2 assists. She is a two-time Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year, a five-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 7 player at her position in the ESPNW 2019 Hoopgurlz Rankings.
Baldwin is a two-time Class 1A Player of the Year who becomes the first Alabama girls McDonald’s All-American since Seminole legend Shakayla Thomas was chosen in 2014. Baldwin has been a dominant force once again as a senior, averaging 25.4 points through 18 games played along with 13.6 rebounds and 6.7 blocks. She has an opportunity to team with fellow McDonald’s All-American Valencia Myers to give the Seminoles a fierce duo in the post for the next few years.
Since 1978, over 1,400 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games. They form an elite group of some of the top names in basketball history, including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart. Alumni include current college standouts Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett of Duke and Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn.
Tickets for the 2019 McDonald’s All American Games are available via Ticketmaster or the State Farm Arena box office.