Taylor Rooks ’14 Nominated for 2014 McDonald's All American® Games
McDonald’s® announced the high school basketball players nominated for its 2014 All American Games®. "This year's list of McDonald's All American Games nominees represents the finest prep talent across the country, and we are thrilled to present nearly 1,000 players with this once in a lifetime honor," Morgan Wootten, McDonald's All American Games Selection Committee chairman, told reporters.
Included among the nominees was Gill St. Bernard’s own Taylor Rooks ’14. Rooks joins in this honor with a talented group of players from some of the nation’s top basketball programs.
The 6-foot-1 senior, with a 4.2 GPA, signed an official National Letter of Intent with Stanford University on November 13. “Taylor is a self-motivated young woman, and that trait has played a huge factor in her success on the court,” said Josuf Dema, head varsity girls’ basketball coach. “She did a phenomenal job last winter when she led the seven-member varsity team to a 23-5 record, its second consecutive Somerset County Championship title and the NJSIAA Non-Public B South Sectional finals.”
Since making her debut with the Knights in 2011, Rooks has led the girls’ team to back-to-back Somerset County Tournament championships (2012 and 2013) and scored her 2,000th career point during the annual Mount St. Dominic Holiday Festival on December 29. Rooks was also named the 2013 Gatorade® New Jersey Girls’ Basketball Player-of-the-Year.
The final team for the 2014 Games will be announced on the nationally-televised McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU on January 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET. From the nationwide field, 24 female athletes will be chosen to compete in the 13th annual McDonald’s All American girls’ game on April 2. The event will be held in Chicago’s United Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC). To date, the Games have raised more than $10 million to support RMHC’s mission of improving the health and well-being of families and children.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.