April 2, 2009
ATLANTA - The 2009 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America Game presented by Nike will be televised on ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network. This is the first time since 2002 that the game will be televised. Baylor Lady Bear signees Brittney Griner and Mariah Chandler are two of the 20 players selected to participate in the All-Star game.
The 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Washington University's Field House in St. Louis, Mo., at 4:30 p.m. CT. The game will be aired on Sunday, April 5, at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Griner, a 6-8 post from Houston, Texas, was recently named the State Farm/WBCA High School Player of the Year. She will be formally honored at the game. Griner attends Chester W. Nimitz HS while Chandler, who hails from Douglasville, Ga., goes to Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.
"The WBCA High School All-America Game gives the nation a chance to view the next generation of potential women's basketball superstars," said WBCA President Sherri Coale. "The vision of ESPN has been a catalyst for the last decade's remarkable growth of women's basketball, and this programming addition reflects yet again their continued commitment to our great game."
"ESPN is pleased to once again broadcast the longest running women's basketball high school all-America game on ESPNU," said Carol Stiff, ESPN Sr. Director, Programming and Acquisitions. "The WBCA's tradition of showcasing the best prep talent in women's basketball is a tradition we are proud to support."
This marks the 18th year that the WBCA has sanctioned a girls' high school all-America team. The inaugural WBCA's High School All-America Game was held April 17, 1992 at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. The second and third annual games were also played at Oman Arena. The 1995 game, which marked the beginning of Nike's title sponsorship, was played in Altoona, Penn. The event moved east to Philadelphia in 1996 and south to Nashville in 1997. The game was then held in Hartford, Conn., from 1998 until 2002. The game made its debut as part of the "WBCA Night of All-Stars" in 2003 and now stands on its own at the site of the WBCA National Convention each year.