Two More Trojan Newcomers Named McDonald's All-Americans

Feb. 25, 2009

In what seems to have become a trend of USC head coach Mark Trakh's recruiting classes, two more Trojan newcomers have been tabbed McDonald's High School All-Americans. Both forward Christina Marinacci and center Monique Oliver were recently named to the elite list of top high school seniors, and their trips to Troy next season will bump the USC talent pool up to a whopping six McDonald's All-Americans on the roster.

Marinacci - a 6-2 forward out of Santa Ana's Foothill High School - will team up early on the McDonald's All-American West squad with 6-2 center Oliver, who hails from Long Beach Poly.

'It's really exciting,' Trakh said. 'Oliver is a monster on the boards and that's what we need. Christina is very versatile on the wing. She can shoot the three, post up and defend. They're both having great senior years, and I'm very excited about the prospect of having them on our team next season.'

The two talented post players are all set to join the Trojan roster for the coming 2009-10 season, where four other McDonald's All-Americans await their new teammates. Guards Jacki Gemelos and Stefanie Gilbreath both earned All-American honors before being sidelined by ACL injuries coming into USC. Current freshmen guards Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath are already impact players for the Trojans, as Corral leads USC's 3-point shooting charge and Briana Gilbreath is USC's second leading scorer.

'That puts us in the top-10 among all Division I schools with six McDonald's All-Americans next year,' Trakh pointed out. 'Hopefully we'll get them all playing at the same time. It will be great to have all six going next season.'

The 2009 McDonald's All-American Game will be held April 1 in Miami.

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