Austin Set for McDonald's All-America Game

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ATLANTA -- Future Terrapin Shakira Austin will play in the 17th annual McDonald’s All-American Girls game Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Austin is one of 24 players nationwide to earn a spot in the All-American game, which showcases the top seniors each year.

The girls' game will tip off at 5 p.m. from Philips Arena in Atlanta and can be watched around the world on ESPN2, and the Watch ESPN app.

Austin, who is from Fredericksburg, Va., is a 6-5 forward that is ranked  No. 3 overall and No. 2 forward by ESPN. She played junior and sophomore years at Colonial Forge High School, where she averaged 18.0 points and 12.3 rebounds per game and blocked 88 shots as a junior. She led Colonial Forge team to Class 6A state title and was named The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star Player of the Year. She transferred to Riverdale Baptist this season and she helped the Crusaders to the Independent School National Championship last month.

"Shakira is a long, athletic forward that will be extremely successful in our transition game," head coach Brenda Frese said. "She is versatile, can rebound and is a tremendous shot blocker. Shakira will impact the game on both ends of the floor."

Austin, Taylor Mikesell (Massillon, Ohio) and Olivia Owens (Niskayuna, N.Y.) make up the No. 4 class in the country next season. All three were McDonald's All-American nominees. Mikesell, a 5-9 guard, is ranked No. 32 overall and Owens, a 6-5 post, is ranked No. 33 overall by ESPN.

Austin is the 22nd McDonald's All-American signed by Frese to come to College Park. Current Terrapins Kaila Charles, Blair Watson, Brianna Fraser and Ieshia Small were all McDonald's All-Americans.