Two Trojan Newcomers Named McDonald's All-Americans
Feb. 21, 2008
In keeping with the flow of highly talented players joining up at Troy, two more USC women's basketball newcomers have been honored as McDonald's High School All-Americans. Incoming freshmen Ashley Corral and Briana Gilbreath were recently named to the elite group of 2008 high school seniors bound for college.
That bumps USC's roster of McDonald's All-Americans up to five for the coming 2008-09 season. Corral and Gilbreath hail from different states, but will get the chance to team up even before competing as Women of Troy, as the duo will play for the West squad at the McDonald's All-American Game on March 26 in Milwaukee, Wisc.
'I'm very proud of Bri and Ashley and wish them success in this prestigious game,' USC head coach Mark Trakh said. 'We're looking forward to them becoming part of the Trojan family next season. We'll have five McDonald's All-Americans on our roster next year, and I think that puts us somewhere in the top-10 for McDonald's All-Americans on the roster.'
Corral is a 5-8 point guard out of Prairie High School in Vancouver, Wash. Briana Gilbreath - whose sister Stefanie will play her first season alongside Briana after redshirting this season with an ACL injury - is a 6-2 guard from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. The pair will join three other former McDonald's All-Americans on the USC roster. Briana Gilbreath's older sister Stefanie was a 2007 McDonald's All-American, and Jacki Gemelos and Morghan Medlock were McDonald's All-Americans in 2006 before coming to Troy. Gemelos and Stefanie Gilbreath both suffered ACL tears before playing in their respective All-American games, and both are due to see their first action with the Women of Troy in the 2008-09 season along with true freshmen Briana Gilbreath, Corral and Michelle Jenkins.