WACO, Texas – For the second day in a row, the Lady Bears’ top-rated 2018 recruiting class received national recognition. Forward Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.), center Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), guard Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.) and forward NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas) were named to the 2018 Naismith Trophy Midseason Girls Basketball Watch List by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Thursday morning.
Baylor leads the Big 12 Conference with four selections and is one of two teams nationally with four honorees.
DeCosta received Naismith Trophy honorable mention All-American honors last year after averaging 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game. This year, she has led St. Mary’s to a 14-2 start, recording an average of 17.9 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.4 blocks per contest.
Egbo is averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.0 steals per game for her Travis High School squad, which is off to an 18-4 start overall and a 4-1 mark in district play. She was named district MVP last season, after averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game as a junior.
Scott-Grayson is averaging 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game this season as Riverdale High School’s floor general. As a junior at Paul VI, she led her team to an impressive 32-2 mark overall and averaged 8.7 points per game running the point.
Smith has guided East Central High School to a 21-3 record overall and a 4.1 mark in district play this season. As a junior, she played her way to second team All-America and Super Team honors after averaging 23.2 points, 17.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per contest.
The entire 2018 class, including forward Caitlin Bickle (Cave Creek, Ariz.) who is battling back from an ACL injury, was nominated for McDonald’s All-American recognition on Wednesday of this week.