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UCLA Women’s Basketball Recruits Shine on National Stage

Mar 29, 2022
McDonald's All-American Co-MVPs Kiki Rice and Gabriela Jaquez

UCLA women's basketball recruits Kiki Rice and Gabriela Jaquez were selected co-MVPs of the 2022 McDonald's All-American Game, while Londynn Jones placed second at the High School 3-Point Championships.

Rice and Jaquez each scored 17 points for their respective teams at the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago and were selected as co-MVPs, marking the first time in event history that future college teammates earned MVP honors. Rice, a 5-11 point guard from Washington D.C. and Sidwell Friends School, led the East team to a 95-75 victory, shooting 7-of-10 from the field. Jaquez, a 6-1 forward from Camarillo High School, added nine rebounds.

Jones, a point guard from Corona Centennial High School, advanced to the finals of the He Gets Us 3-Point Shooting Championship in New Orleans after edging Kailyn Gilbert in the semifinal, 14-13. Taylor McCabe beat Jones in the final, 18-8. Jones also participated in the TaxAct Team Shootout, teaming up with Kyle Filipowski and Slam Dunk Contest runner-up Zuby Ejiofor to finish third overall. The event will air on CBS on Sunday, Apr. 3 at 10 a.m. PT.

UCLA signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for the high school class of 2022, led by three of ESPN's Top 25 players in Rice (No. 2), Jaquez (No. 19) and Jones (No. 22). Also signing with The Michael Price Family UCLA Women's Head Basketball Coach Cori Close's Bruins were Christeen Iwuala (No. 49) and Lina Sontag.