Future ?Hoo Bria Smith Racks Up Another All-America Honor
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Bria Smith, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play women’s basketball at Virginia beginning in the fall of 2011, has been selected to participate in the 2011 WBCA High School All-America Game, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced recently.
The 20th annual All-America Game, which is held as part of the WBCA National Convention, will be played Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., site of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four. Tipoff is 4:30 p.m. The game will be played on the NCAA Women’s Final Four court for the second-straight year.
“Indiana, the Hoosier state, is synonymous with high school basketball; so, it’s only fitting that the WBCA showcase its High School All-America Team there,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “What a great platform for this game to be held in Indianapolis.”
On Feb. 11, Smith was selected as a McDonald’s High School All-American and in December she was named one of the 10 players to the Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year Watch List.
A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Smith is a 5-9 guard out of perennial powerhouse Christ the King High School in Queens, N.Y.
Smith was named a third team Parade All-American in 2010. She was a member of the Under-17 United States national team and played in the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Spain this past summer. She averaged 5.1 points per game as Team USA went unbeaten in its eight tournament games and defeated France for the gold medal.
Smith is ranked as the No. 2 point guard in the class according to the All-Star Girls Report and is ranked No. 7 overall by All-Star Girls Report, No. 7 overall by Blue Star Basketball and No. 8 overall by HoopGurlz.com.
A list of the 20 players selected to play in the 2011 WBCA High School All-America Game:
Name Hometown Signed
Cierra Burdick Matthews, N.C. Tennessee
Briyona Canty Willingboro, N.J. Rutgers
Ariya Crook-Williams Los Angeles, Calif. USC
Krystal Forthan Georgetown, Texas Louisiana State
Bria Goss Indianapolis, Ind. Kentucky
Taylor Greenfield Huxley, Iowa Stanford
Justine Hartman Fullerton, Calif. UCLA
Amber Henson Odessa, Fla. Duke
Morgan Jones Altamonte Springs, Fla. Northwestern
Betnijah Laney Clayton, Del. Undecided
Samantha Logic Racine, Wisc. Iowa
Ariel Massengale Bolingbrook, Ill. Tennessee
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis Anaheim, Calif. Connecticut
Eliza Normen Louisville, Colo. Arizona State
Amber Orrange Missouri City, Texas Stanford
Shakena Richardson Neptune, N.J. Rutgers
Bria Smith Massapequa, N.Y. Virginia
Kiah Stokes Marion, Iowa Connecticut
Alexyz Vaioletama Fountain Valley, Calif. USC
Elizabeth Williams Virginia Beach, Va. Duke