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McDonald’s Names Elizabeth Williams 2011 Morgan Wooten Player of the Year

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Photo Caption: Elizabeth Williams (center) of Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia, was named the 2011 Wootten National Player of the Year award for female high school athletes. Joining Williams at the Chicago press conference announcing the winners of the awards on Tuesday are (left-to-right) legendary high school basketball coach Morgan Wootten, for whom the award is named; Austin Rivers, the boys’ Wootten Award winner for 2011; Boston Celtics coach “Doc” Rivers, Austin’s father; and Douglas Freeland, Director of the McDonald’s All-American Games.  The 2011 McDonald’s All-American Games, featuring the nation’s top high school basketball players, are set to tip of March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.

Photo Credit: Courtesy McDonald’s All-American Games

By Lee Michaelson

Douglas Freeland, Director of the McDonald’s All-American Games, and storied high school basketball coach Morgan Wootten named Princess Anne High School’s (Virginia Beach, Virginia) Elizabeth Williams the female recipient of the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award in Chicago, Tuesday.

Coach Wooten is the winningest basketball coach at any level, having accumulated 1274 wins The Wootten Award annually honors one male and one female McDonald’s All-American player for their accomplishments on and off the court. Previous female recipients have included the WNBA’s 2008 Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year Candace Parker (2004), last year’s WNBA Rookie of the Year Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun (2006), the Tulsa Shock’s Ivory Latta (2003), and more recently two-time collegiate National Player of the Year Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut (2007) and PAC-10 Freshman of the Year Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford (2010).


Wootten Award recipients are selected on the basis of their performance on the court and in the classroom, as well as their exemplary calendar, outstanding leadership, and involvement in and contributions to their local communities.

Williams, who has committed to play for Duke next season, is one of the top-rated girls’ basketball recruits in the Class of 2011. The 2010 AP Virginia Player of the Year and first-team Parade All-American has led Princess Anne High School to three consecutive state finals appearances, winning state championships in 2009 and 2011. An all-around athlete, Williams also competes in the 400-meter dash and high jump, and volunteers at a local basketball camp in her community.

Williams, a 6-3 center whose style of play has been compared to that of NBA great Alonzo Mourning, led the USA Basketball U17 National Team to a gold medal in the 2010 U17 World Championships in France last summer with a team-high 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, icing the cake with two blocks per game. A highly efficient shooter, she also averaged a team-high 61.8 percent from the field.

Williams hopes to play for the National Team again this summer in the U18 championships in Chile, then take some time off to rest and “keep [her] body from burning out,” before heading to Durham to begin her freshman year as a pre-med major. She said she chose Duke because of its academic excellence as well as its reputation as an ACC women’s basketball powerhouse, and hopes to help her team to a national championship.

Photo Caption: Elizabeth Williams (right), winner of the 2011 Wooten National Player of the Year Award, and Ariel Massengale (left), a finalist for the honor, accept the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship trophy from FIBA president Bob Elphinston on behalf to Team USA before sharing it with their teammates and coaches. Wootten Award finalists Cierra Burdick and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis also played important roles on the gold-medal US U17 team.
Photo Credit: Courtesy USA Basketball

Williams credits her parents for instilling the strong work ethic that has helped her balance academics and athletics and advises young women to surround themselves with friends who will support their passion for both the books and basketball.

“I’ve had some great coaches who’ve challenged and pushed me throughout my career,” said Williams. “It’s truly an honor and a blessing to be recognized for this award and I’m thankful for all my teammates who’ve helped me get to this point.”

Williams beat out an impressive field of finalists that included Cierra Burdick (Butler High School – Mathews, North Carolina), Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook High School –Bolingbrook, Illinois) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei High School – Santa Ana, California) to become the 10th female athlete to receive the prestigious honor.

Austin Rivers of Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Florida, the son of Boston Celtics coach and 1980 McDonald’s All American Glenn “Doc” Rivers, received the 2011 Wooten Award for the boys. The pair represents only the second father/son duo in the event’s history behind Milt Wagner (1981) and son Dajuan Wagner (2001). “Doc” Rivers surprised his son by traveling to Chicago to congratulate him at the official press conference Tuesday.

The 2011 McDonald’s All American Basketball Games will be played on March 30 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, with he Girls Game tipping off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, 6:30 Central, and will broadcast live on ESPNU. The Boys Game will follow at 9:00 p.m. Central and will be broadcast live on ESPN. It is the first time in nearly 40 years that the Games will be held in Chicago, which last hosted the event in 1982.

Tickets for both games are still available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-
909-GAME. Proceeds of the Games benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Chicago and northwest Indiana.  The local chapter will use those funds to help build the nation’s largest Ronald McDonald House in
downtown Chicago. The Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a bridge to accessible health care and
allow families more time together, which helps in the healing process. Millions of dollars have been raised for the charity since the first Game was played in 1978. During Game Week, the 2011 McDonald’s All Americans will have a chance to visit a local Ronald McDonald House, an event that in year’s past has marked the beginning of a lifetime of service to children in need by the young athletes participating.

Originally published Wed, March 16, 2011

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