(Cover photo: Ciera Johnson, right, and Kylee Shook are the eighth and ninth McDonald’s All-Americans in school history)
Ira Green, University of Louisville Staff Report
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball signees Ciera Johnson and Kylee Shook, two of the five members of the Cardinals’ 2016 class that is ranked sixth nationally, were named McDonald’s All-Americans on Sunday night on ESPNU.
Johnson, who was named to the East Team, and Shook, named to the West Team, will participate in the 15th annual game on March 30 in Chicago’s United Center at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The game showcases 24 of the nation’s elite seniors.
Louisville’s two selections are tied for the most in the Atlantic Coast Conference and give the Cardinals nine in school history, seven in the last three seasons.
Johnson, a five-star recruit according to espnW HoopGurlz, is ranked as the 15th-best overall player in the class of 2016. At the post position, she is the second-best player in the class. A 6-foot-4 Texas native, Johnson averaged 14.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.2 blocks and 1.2 steals as a junior. She shot 57 percent from the floor that year.
During her sophomore season, she led Duncanville High to a 35-1 mark, with its only loss coming in the Class 5A state championship. Johnson produced 21 points, 16 rebounds, and two blocks that game. Heading into the championship, the school boasted a 105-game winning streak.
Shook is the 18th-best overall player in the espnW HoopGurlz rankings and the fourth-best post player in the class of 2016.
In her senior season, she is averaging 29.6 points and 15.0 rebounds to go along with 4.9 blocks per game. The five-star recruit has compiled a highly decorated career at Mesa Ridge High in Colorado, breaking the school’s career blocked shots record in her junior campaign. Through three seasons, she produced 1,086 points, 941 rebounds, 142 assists, 120 steals, and a stellar 496 blocks.