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Incoming Women of Troy Named McDonald’s All-Americans

Feb 23, 2021

USC Inks No. 7 Ranked Recruiting Class

Already inked as the nation's No. 7 recruiting class, the incoming freshman power pack of Clarice Uche Akunwafo and Rayah Marshall have both been named McDonald's High School all-Americans. The two local products will join the Women of Troy in 2021-22, and together they run USC's lists of players to have been named McDonald's All-Americans to 16. 

Akunwafo  — a 6-foot-6 center from Inglewood, Calf. — and 6-4 guard/forward and Los Angeles native Marshall have already both be named to the Watch List for the 2021 Jersey Mike's Naismith Trophy for High School Girls Player of the Year. 

"I'm extremely excited and very happy for these two young women to be named McDonald's All-Americans," USC head coach Mark Trakh said. "They both work hard and are great academically and will be a great addition to our university both on the basketball court and in the classroom."

Akunwafo averaged 20.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game at Rolling Hills Prep, while also shooting 56 percent from the floor. Freshly minted as a McDonald's All-American, she is a two-time All-CIF honoree, and her power at the post earned her the nod as the No. 2 center in the nation and No. 21 player overall, according to ESPN.  

Another All-CIF regular, Marshall ranks No. 27 in the nation, having averaged 18.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.4 steals per game at nearby Lynwood High.

This is just the second time that USC will have two incoming freshmen named McDonald's All-Americans. The last time was in 2011 when Ariya Crook and Alexyz Vaioletama began their Trojan careers as true freshmen. 

With Akunwafo's & Marshall's 2021 selections, there are now 16 USC women's basketball players who have been named to a McDonald's All-American team since the event began on the women's side in 2002. Their honors give USC three McDonald's All-Americans on the 2021-22 roster next season, joining 2019 honoree Angel Jackson. Current USC freshman Jordyn Jenkins was a nominee for the award in 2020 before injury sidelined her for her senior season.

McDonald's All-Americans at USC:
Jordan Adams (2012)
Clarice Uche Akunwafo (2021)
Ashley Corral (2008)
Ariya Crook (2011)
Sadie Edwards (2014)
Temi Fagbenle (2011)
Jacki Gemelos (2006)
Briana Gilbreath (2008)
Stefanie Gilbreath (2007)
Angel Jackson (2019)
Christina Marinacci (2009)
Rayah Marshall (2021)
Morgan Medlock (2006)
Mariya Moore (2014)
Aleyxz Vaioletama (2011)
Stephanie Watts (2015)