A pair of Blackman High girls basketball players – seniors MeMe Jackson and Alex Johnson – have been nominated to participate in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game.
“It means a lot for our program to have two players like Alex and MeMe to be recognized for their accomplishments and their work ethics,” Blackman coach Chad Hibdon said. “They’ve obviously put a lot of time and effort in to get themselves better individually, but more importantly they’ve been great teammates.”
Final rosters for the game will be announced on January 28.
Jackson, a University of Tennessee signee, is ranked the No. 35 player nationally in the 2016 signing class by ESPN HoopGurlz. The 5-10 guard is averaging 8.4 points and 5.5 assists this season, and she’s third of the squad in rebounding (7.0 rpg).
“She really, really does a good job of offensive rebounding,” Hibdon said. “A lot of times she has to play against bigger guards or even defend in the post. She knows how important rebounding is, and that has made her a well-rounded player.”
Johnson, a Middle Tennessee State signee, is averaging 17.2 points and 10.7 rebounds for the Lady Blaze. The 6-foot post player turned down scholarship offers from SEC and ACC schools, and instead chose to sign with MTSU in order to stay close to home.
“For them to get that recognition and that opportunity to hopefully be chosen is great,” Hibdon said. “Just to be nominated is something special.”
Former Blackman standout and current Samford senior Shelby Campbell was nominated to the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game.
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