With her nomination to the McDonald's All American High School Girls Basketball Team, Spring Raines of Northview High School was recently recognized as one of the top prep standouts in the nation.
The 5'7 guard ranks among the top 1,000 nominees competing to fill one of 24 positions on the Girls Team, which will feature an East vs. West showdown on April 1, 2009 in Miami, Fla. The final team roster will be announced in February. Raines was nominated by the McDonald's All American Basketball Team Girls Selection Committee, a group of 24 prominent basketball experts including nationally-renowned coaches and top high school sports journalists.
"Spring is a unique basketball player that I have had the privilege of working with this year," said her coach LuAnne Anderson, "she is a good leader and has good court-sense."
Raines averages 24 ppg. and leads the Knights in points, rebounds, assists and steals.
The Northview senior led the team with 8.6 rpg. this season and also distributed three assists per game along with more than two steals per contest. She hit 56 3-pointers this season at a 36 percent clip (56-of-156) and hit 77 percent (121-of-158) of her free throws.
She is the daughter of Kristi Cundiff and Larry Raines.
The eighth-annual girls game will begin at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, at the Bank United Center in Miami, Fla. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The 32nd Anniversary of the boys game will tip off following the girls game at 8 p.m. and will air live on ESPN.
Rockville's R.J. Mahurin was also nominated for the McDonald's All American High School Boys Basketball Team.
The 6-8 Forward ranks among the top 1,500 nominees competing to fill one of 24 positions on the Boys Team, which will feature an East vs. West showdown on April 1, 2009 in Miami, Fla. The final team roster will be announced in February. Mahurin was nominated by the McDonald's All American Basketball Team Boys Selection Committee, a group of 32 prominent basketball experts, including nationally-renowned coaches and top high school sports journalists.
Mahurin will continue his basketball career playing at Indiana State University.
Mahurin averages 25 ppg. and leads the Rox in blocked shots. Dave Mahurin is his coach and father and his mother is Patricia Mahurin.
Proceeds from both Games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of South Florida. To date, millions of dollars have been donated to RMHC Chapters from proceeds generated at the McDonald's All American Games. RMHC's core three programs include the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile™ -- extending the reach of the Charity to directly improve the health and well-being of children around the world.
McDonald's All American alumni include WNBA talent Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) who made history at the 2004 McDonald's All American Games when she became the first woman to win the slam dunk contest at the POWERade Jam Fest. Current NCAA stars include Maya Moore (Connecticut) and Glory Johnson (Tennessee). Former and current NBA superstars include Alonzo Mourning, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.