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USC hoops recruit grabs another top honor

Kelsey Bone (55) of Dulles blocks the shot of Jessica Diamond (21) during the Nimitiz vs Dulles Class 5A Region III Semifinals at the Campbell Center Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, in Houston. ( Michael Paulsen / Chronicle )
Kelsey Bone (55) of Dulles blocks the shot of Jessica Diamond (21) during the Nimitiz vs Dulles Class 5A Region III Semifinals at the Campbell Center Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, in Houston. ( Michael Paulsen / Chronicle )

Highly touted USC basketball recruit Kelsey Bone received another national honor this week, making USA Today's All-USA First Team.

The 6-foot-5 Bone, from Sugar Land, Texas, is the biggest piece of this year's four-player class for coach Dawn Staley. Bone, rated the country’s No. 2 recruit by one Web site, picked Staley and the Gamecocks over Texas and Texas A&M among others.

Bone also made the Parade Magazine All-America first team for the second-straight year, with future Gamecock teammate Ieasia Walker (Copiague, N.Y.) earning a spot on the Parade third team.

Bone, who averaged 19.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and two blocked shots per game as a senior at Dulles High, surprised a lot of teachers and classmates when she chose the Gamecocks over Texas and Texas A&M.

“There was definitely fallout, probably more so than with any other recruit that’s ever left the state,” she said. “It really didn’t bother me, because I felt I was doing what was best for me and what was right for me in the long run.”

Completing Staley's incoming class are Monique Willis of Savannah, Ga., and Ashley Bruner from Norman, Okla.

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