Accolades continue to pour in for Williams, Dodson
gostanford.com, March 7, 2017
Incoming freshmen Maya Dodson and Kiana Williams were named to the 10-person 2017 WBCA High School Coaches' All-America team, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday.
Stanford was one of three schools to have two signees selected. Erica McCall and Karlie Samuelson were the last Cardinal to earn high school All-America honors from the WBCA in 2013.
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.
Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis) and Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) 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.
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.
Kiana 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.
Williams 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.