ATLANTA – Two University of Connecticut commits, Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, were selected to the Naismith Trophy’s Girls High School All-America First Team, the award committee announced on Tuesday.
Samuelson, who was tabbed as the 2015 WBCA High School Player of the Year on Feb. 26, was named the 2014 California Gatorade Player of the Year and was tabbed as a member of the USA Today All-America first team during her junior season after averaging 26.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.3 steals in 30 games. On the international stage, Samuelson teamed with fellow UConn recruits De’Janae Boykin and Napheesa Collier to win gold (3×3 competition) at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China and also earned a bronze medal at the YOG 3-point shootout.
This season, the 6-3 senior forward is averaging 29.3 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game and 2.4 steals per game.
Collier held Incarnate Word Academy of St. Louis to a 31-1 record and a Missouri Class-4 title by averaging 23.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.2 steals en route to a 2014 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year nod a season ago. The guard was a member of the 2014 national team that posted a 5-0 record and won the 2014 FIBA Americas U-18 tournament title in Colorado Springs and qualified Team USA for the 2015 FIBA U-19 world championships.
This season, the Red Knights posted a 25-2 overall record en route to a No. 1 rank in the state of Missouri and a 66th
Both players will join the Husky program prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.