WACO, Texas – All five members of the 2018 Baylor women’s basketball recruiting class have been nominated for McDonald’s All-American recognition. The nation’s top recruiting class is comprised of NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas), Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.), Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.) and Caitlin Bickle (Cave Creek, Ariz.).
Smith has led East Central to a 21-3 record overall and a 4-1 mark in district play so far this season. She is a 6-3 forward, who is rated No. 8 overall and No. 3 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Last season, Smith secured second team All-America and Super Team honors after averaging 23.2 points, 17.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game.
Scott-Grayson, who is averaging 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game this season for Riverdale Baptist so far, is a 5-10 guard rated No. 18 overall and No. 2 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Playing for Paul VI last season, Scott-Grayson led her team to a 32-2 record overall, an 18-1 mark in conference play and a VISAA tournament championship. She averaged 8.7 points as the team’s floor general.
Egbo, who is averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.0 steals per game, has led Travis High School to an 18-4 record overall and a 4-1 record in district action this year. The 6-3 center is ranked No. 15 overall and No. 4 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Egbo, the reigning district MVP, averaged 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per contest as a junior. She has led Travis to three consecutive bi-district and playoff appearances.
DeCosta is averaging 17.9 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.4 blocks per game for St. Mary’s High School, guiding her team to a 14-2 record.
Last season, DeCosta was named a Naismith Trophy honorable mention All-American after averaging 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. The 6-3 forward is rated No. 1 at her position and No. 4 in the class according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Bickle, who is coming back from an ACL injury, is a three-time all-state honoree for Cactus Shadows High School. The 6-2 forward is ranked No. 28 overall and No. 4 at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz.
As a junior, Bickle averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. She has led her squad to back-to-back state title games.