In the days leading up to the McDonald’s All American Games in Chicago, USA TODAY High School Sports will be catching up with various players to talk about their experiences. In this entry, we talk to Cypress Lakes (Texas) center Nancy Mulkey, who has signed to play at Oklahoma.
Being in Chicago has been really fun. Getting to play with all the top players in the nation is exciting and getting to bond with everyone has been awesome. The whole thing has been a great experience. I’ve never been to Chicago.
Going to the Ronald McDonald House was my favorite thing we did and getting to spend time with everyone. The practices have been really intense. We do conditioning and we go over plays and then we scrimmage against each other. Getting to play against the top players makes me a better player and it makes other players better to go against me.
I don’t have a specific goal. I was looking on the McDonald’s website and I saw nine blocked shots was the record for girls. I’m trying to beat that. I just have to be aggressive and go after the ball.
A lot of people are asking me about the dunk with Josh Jackson. We were sitting next to each other before the whole thing happened. He was talking to me and told me he was in the dunk contest. I said, “Well, you want to dunk over me?” He was like, “I was going to ask you if I could if I make it to the final round.” It was like, “OK, cool.” I didn’t think he was going to do it. All of a sudden, he pointed at me going into the final and said, “Come here.” Even though he cleared me, my heart was racing. On the first one, I didn’t know he missed it and that he had it to do it again. My first thought was my head could cut get off here at anytime, but he made it. He cleared it pretty well. His arm was in the basket.
Everybody ran on the court just because I’m 6-9, and it’s not easy to jump over a 6-9 person. It was awesome. People were giving me high-fives and giving him high-fives.
I’m rooming with Erin Boley. Lauren Cox and Joyner Holmes from Texas and I’ll get to play with them even more in the Big 12 in Oklahoma. I’m really looking forward to that.