Alaina Coates spent Easter in Chicago in preparation for her participation in the elite McDonald’s All-American Games on Wednesday at the United Center.
Coates, who closed out her stellar basketball career at Dutch Fork by leading the Silver Foxes to an undefeated season at their second consecutive Class 4A state championship is one of 24 girls selected to play in the 12th annual girls game and the only player from South Carolina to make the final cut.
Coates will play on the East Team that features four Player of the Year finalists – Lexie Brown (Sauwanee, GA), Kaela Davis (Buford, GA), Diamond DeShields (Norcross, GA) and Taya Reimer (Indianapolis, IN).
The 6-foot-4, University of South Carolina-bound Coates averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 2.5 steals per game during her final DF season.
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Coates is the third Midlands/South Carolina player to be honored with a spot in the prestigious game. The first was Lower Richland’s Morgan Stroman in 2009, followed by Spring Valley’s Xylina McDaniel last year. Stroman finished up her college career at Miami this season, while McDaniel had an impressive rookie season at North Carolina.
The girls and boys games will be televised on ESPNU starting at 7 p.m. EDT.