Crystal Dangerfield has been declared the top-rated point guard for the Class of 2016 by various recruiting services.
On Wednesday, the Blackman High 5-foot-5 standout and Connecticut signee gets a chance to show the national rankings are true.
Dangerfield will be one of two Tennessee high school players in the McDonald’s All-American Game played at the United Center in Chicago.
Tipoff is at 5:30 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPNU. The boys game will be played afterward at 8 p.m. and aired on ESPN.
“Obviously they are going to be hyping it up, talking that (I’m) the No. 1 point guard in the nation,” said Dangerfield recently. “I just want to make sure that I hold myself accountable to that.”
Dangerfield will be joined by Dickson County’s Lea Lea Carter, a Vanderbilt signee, in the all-star game. However, the two are on two different teams. Carter, a 5-foot-11 forward, is on the West team. Dangerfield is on the East team.
Dangerfield will be the second from Rutherford County to play in the game. Former Riverdale standout Alexa Middleton played in the 2014 game.
Dangerfield, who was named the 2016 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year, averaged 23.9 points and 2.9 assists this season. She won a pair of gold medals competing for Team USA during her high school career, including one last summer in Russia for the USA U-18 team coached by South Carolina coach Dawn Staley.
Dangerfield’s high school career came to a close in the Region 4-AAA semifinals when the Lady Blaze lost to eventual state champion Riverdale. Since then, Dangerfield has remained in playing shape to play in both the McDonald’s All American game and the Jordan Brand Classic on April 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“I hired a personal trainer,” she said. “I’m doing physical training and working on my cardio. I’m just getting my body in shape for it.”
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.
McDonald’s All-American Game
When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday