Maryland basketball has suffered some pretty heavy losses this past week, so having not one, but two future Terps make an all star roster can provide some much needed relief. The McDonald’s All-American game is one of the most prestigious high school basketball games in the country and to be recognized is a great accomplishment to have. To make it even better, they are both from the DMV area, which furthers Maryland putting the metropolitan area area on the map.
First is 6’5 forward Shakira Austin from Fredericksburg, VA. Austin is the No. 3 overall recruit in the 2018 class. After winning a championship with Colonial Forge, Austin decided to transfer Riverdale Baptist High School. She also had offers from Texas, West Virginia, and UConn. She will join 5-stars Taylor Mikesall and Olivia Owens.
Next up is 5-star commit Jalen Smith. Smith is a 6’9 power forward from Mount St. Joseph’s in Baltimore, MD and was also classmates with current Maryland freshman Darryl Morsell. Smith had offers Villanova, Miami, and Providence. With the departure of senior Michael Cekovsky and Ivan Bender coming off of injury, Smith will help in the front court next season as they will definitely need it.
The McDonald’s All-American game will be March 28 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. The girls game will be on ESPN2 and immediately following that game, the boys will air on ESPN.