Bruin Recruit Earns Start at McDonald's All-America Game

April 2, 2009

Markel Walker, an incoming UCLA women's basketball recruit from Pittsburgh's Schenley High School, has a full calendar these days. She spent the first part of the week in Miami, FL for the McDonald's All-America game. On Tuesday, she was named first-team All-State by the Associated Press sports writers in Pennsylvania. This weekend, she will be at the site of the women's college basketball Final Four in St. Louis, MO and will participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America contest.

Walker, a 6-1 guard/forward, earned a start for the East team in Wednesday's McDonald's game. She saw 15 minutes of action and totaled four points, six rebounds, two steals and a block. Walker was credited with an assist on the East's first basket of the game and scored the second herself to stake her team to a 4-0 lead. However, the East came up on the short end of a 69-68 verdict.

'It was just an honor to be selected as a McDonald's All-American,' Walker told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 'But to be named as a starter made it much better. I played well, but I definitely could have played better. It is a different experience to play with this many talented players and the coach gave us all opportunities to shine.'

Walker helped lead her high school team to a 21-5 record this past season. The Schenley Spartans finished second in the City and advanced to the state playoffs. Walker scored 27 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and had eight assists in a first round playoff loss. She was named to the Class AAAA All-State squad after averaging 25.6 points per game during the season.

On April 4, she will take part in the WBCA High School All-America game in St. Louis. The game features 20 of the nation's best players and will tip-off at 4:30 CDT at Washington University.

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