Wednesday, March 08, 2017


            Dodson and Williams lauded for second consecutive afternoon, March 8, 2017

Stanford incoming freshmen Kiana Williams and Maya Dodson were lauded for the second consecutive afternoon when the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 2017 Naismith High School Girls' All-America teams on Wednesday. Williams landed on the second team and Dodson on the third team.
There are three five-member Naismith All-America teams and 14 additional players that earned honorable mention accolades. Stanford is one of three schools with two players on the top three squads. Yesterday, Williams and Dodson were named to the 10-person WBCA High School Coaches' All-America team.
The duo, who signed with Stanford in November, were also were selected to participate in both the McDonald's All American Game on March 29 in Chicago and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 in Brooklyn.
Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) and Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis) make up half of the Cardinal's celebrated 2017 recruiting class which, along with Alyssa Jerome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Harbord Collegiate) and Estella Moschkau  (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood), is ranked fifth by espnW HoopGurlz.
Williams, a 5-foot-7, five-star point guard from San Antonio, Texas, is the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 and Stanford's first top-10 recruit since Chiney Ogwumike signed as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.
She averaged 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals per game as a junior for Karen Wagner High School. She was a first-team all-state selection for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as well as the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Williams averaged 22 points and four assists in leading the Thunderbirds to a 25-5 overall record this season.
Dodson, a 6-foot-3 wing, is a five-star talent and the No. 11 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. A back-to-back state title winner in 2015 and 2016 at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga., Dodson averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks per game as a junior and was named Georgia's Class A player of the year. In 30 games this season put up 14 points and eight rebounds for the 24-4 Knights.
This past summer, she won a bronze medal with Team USA at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women in Zaragoza, Spain, making the 12-person roster out of a pool of 139 trial invitees. Dodson started all seven games and averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, including scoring 12 and adding seven boards in the team's 65-50 win over China to secure third place.

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