USA TODAY High School Sports is unveiling the 2017-18 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Basketball Teams as selected by Jim Halley with input from high school coaches and recruiting experts.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bob Mackey, Christ the King
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Christyn Williams, Central Arkansas Christian
Name: Aquira DeCosta
School: St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.)
Details: Baylor signee averaged 18.3 points, 13.1 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks per game. Came back from a meniscus tear her junior year.
Favorite food: I like any type of Mexican food.
My worst sport: Would probably be volleyball. Everyone says I would be good at it because of my height and my jumping ability, but I’m not good.
Making sacrifices: Starting my freshman, I’m have been commuting to school from Sacramento. Also with the Cal Stars, we practiced in the Bay Area and that was an hour and a half drive. They don’t let me drive, but they will try to let me drive when I get to Texas.
Most difficult shot attempted: Half-court shot.
Most difficult shot made: I made a tip-in but I was backward.
Secret crushes: I’m obsessed with Chris Brown and his music and Michael B. Jordan too.
Injury comeback: The process was painful. I didn’t want to let my teammates down in any way. I went to therapy every day and eventually my knee got stronger and I back on the court.
Hoop start: My dad played a little bit of basketball in high school and college. I started in sixth grade because I wanted to try something new. I was also a sprinter. I used to do the 100, 200 and the relays.
Favorite class: Right now, it’s anatomy. I like learning about the human body and things like that.
School daze: From my school, we do a lot of community service. I’ve recently done an interfaith where we went into a homeless shelter and helped out.
Favorite teacher: My favorite teacher would have to be my English teacher from freshman year, Mrs. Rosa. She still emails me, but she retired after my freshman year. She used to come to a few of my games.
Why Baylor: Their environment was different from the other schools I’ve visited. Their coach is amazing. They really care for their players.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Most recent ALL-USA Players of the Year
LOOKING BACK: 2016-17 ALL-USA Girls Basketball Team