March 26, 2019 - by
Two Noles Await McDonald’s All-American Game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Two more Seminoles will make their McDonald’s All-American Game debut on Wednesday, March 27, as incoming student-athletes River Baldwin (Andalusia, Ala.) and Sammie Puisis (Mason, Ohio) participate in the annual classic in Atlanta at State Farm Arena.

Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Baldwin, a 6-foot-5 center out of Pleasant Home High School, and Puisis, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward out of Mason High School, will both represent the East Team.

Baldwin and Puisis are the seventh and eighth Seminoles to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game out of high school (excludes transfers to Florida State). Last year, current freshmen Valencia Myers and Izabela Nicoletti participated in the all-star game.

Baldwin is ranked 27th overall in the ESPNW Hoopgurlz Class of 2019 rankings, and recently became just the ninth player in Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State basketball history to be named a five-time All-State player. Baldwin averaged a double-double this past season with 24.9 points and 13.8 rebounds, and she also added an eye-popping 6.7 blocked shots per game.

Baldwin added more hardware when she was crowned MVP for the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. She recorded 19 points and 13 rebounds in the game, totaling a double-double by halftime.

Puisis is 37th overall in the ESPNW rankings. She has emerged as one of the best shooters in the country, leading the Greater Miami Conference in scoring at 17.5 points per game. Puisis shot nearly 38 percent from beyond the arc as a senior, knocking down 44 3-point field goals.

In her standout senior year, Puisis also averaged 6.7 rebounds and shot 82.8 percent from the free throw line. She is a first team Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association selection and was also a finalist for Ohio Ms. Basketball.

Also included in the 2019 class is 6-foot-1 post London Clarkson, a Round Rock, Texas, native who averaged 17.3 points, 10 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.1 assists for Pflugerville High this past season.

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