The first American Family Insurance ALL-USA girls basketball team came out in 1983. Here are the ALL-USA players who went on to the best professional careers, based on an analysis by USA TODAY Sports’ Jim Halley.
Sue Bird | G | 5-9, 150
Seven-time WNBA All-Star has won at every level, including two state titles at Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), where she was named first team All-USA in 1998 as a senior, two NCAA titles at Connecticut, two Olympic gold medals and two WNBA titles with the Seattle Storm.
Tamika Catchings | F | 6-1, 167
Led Duncanville, Texas, to a state title in 1997, when she was named first-team All-USA. Won the Naismith Player of the Year award as a junior at Tennessee. Seven-time WNBA All-Star was the 2011 WNBA MVP and is the league’s all-time leader in steals. Has won three Olympic gold medals.
Lisa Leslie | C | 6-5, 170
The 1990 All-USA Player of the Year from Morningside (Inglewood, Calif.) led her high school to two state titles, won four Olympic gold medals in women’s basketball, became the first to dunk in a WNBA game, won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Sparks and was a three-time league MVP. Is a minority owner of the Sparks.
Katie Smith | G-F | 5-11, 175
Two-time ABL and seven-time WNBA All-Star won two league titles with the Detroit Shock and two ABL titles with the Columbus Quest. A 1992 All-USA first-team player, she led her high school, Logan, Ohio, to the state championship game and Ohio State to the NCAA title game.
Dawn Staley | G | 5-6, 134
All-USA Player of the Year in 1988 at Dobbins Tech (Philadelphia) will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this summer. She was a three-time Olympic gold medalist, six-time WNBA All-Star, one-time ABL All-Star and two-time National Player of the Year at Virginia and still holds the Virginia record for career steals. She is the head coach at South Carolina.
Katrina McClain Johnson
Naismith Hall of Fame forward was Naismith College Player of the Year in 1987 at Georgia and won two Olympic gold medals. She was the a 1983 All-USA First-Team player after leading St. Andrew’s (Charleston, S.C.) to a 30-0 record and state title.
Suzie McConnell Serio
Only former All-USA player to be named WNBA Coach of the Year, which she won in 2004 with the Minnesota Lynx. Led Seton-LaSalle (Pittsburg) to 1984 Pennsylvania state title as a guard, was the first Women’s Basketball Coaches Association First-Team All-American at Penn State and won three state titles as a coach at Oakland Catholic (Pittsburgh). Currently the coach at Pittsburgh, she is in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Two-time Naismith Award winner at Connecticut and three-time Olympic gold medal winner has two won three NCAA titles at UConn and two WNBA titles with the Phoenix Mercury. Guard/forward is a five-time WNBA All-Star. Was All-USA First Team player in 2000 after her senior season at Don Antonio Lugo (Chino, Calif.).
Four-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA champion as a guard with the Phoenix Mercury. All-USA First team player at Marshall (Chicago) in 2001, whom she led to three Public League titles and a 1998 state title.
2006 All-USA Player of the Year won two state titles at Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), two NCAA titles while at Connecticut and is the school’s all-time leading rebounder. Two-time WNBA All-Star center has led the league in rebounding in each of her three seasons and has 63 double-doubles.
2007 All-USA Player of the Year won three state 5A titles at Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.), two NCAA championships at Connecticut and was the 2011 WNBA Rookie of the Year as a forward for the Minnesota Lynx.
Though her off-court troubles have garnered more attention lately (she’s facing charges of aggravated assault, criminal damage and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony), Holdsclaw was a six-time WNBA All-Star forward. She was a First Team All-USA player in 1995 at Christ the King, where she won four state titles and won three consecutive NCAA titles at Tennessee, and an Olympic gold medal in 2000.
Seven-time WNBA All-Star forward/guard was the All-USA Player of the Year in 1994 at Bloomfield, Conn., where she averaged 36.2 points and 12.3 rebounds her senior year. She helped Connecticut win the 1995 NCAA title and is now an assistant with the Connecticut Sun.
All-time NCAA Division I leading scorer as a guard at Missouri State, (then Southwest Missouri State). Stiles was the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2001 but injuries forced her to retire after only 53 games in the league. She set a state record with 3,603 points in four years at Claflin, Kan., and was a 1997 All-USA First Team player. She is now an assistant coach at Missouri State.