Calling Washington signee Kelsey Plum about an honor is kind of boring. All she wants to hear about from the UW coaching staff is what she should be doing in order to be ready for her freshman season in 2013-14.
“I like a player like that,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said.
Whether Plum, a PG from California, wants to talk about it or not, she was named to her second All-American team on Thursday. She’ll represent the West in McDonald’s marquee game April 3 in Chicago. Plum is the second UW recruit to be named a McDonald’s All-American, post Katie Collier being the program’s first last year. Collier is out due to a season-ending knee injury, which could mean the pair play together for four years in Huskies purple.
Plum is one of three Pac-12 players named to the team of 24. Stanford signees Erica McCall and Kailee Johnson, both forwards, will also play for the West.
Plum was named a WBCA All-American earlier this month. She’s expected to play in the high school game at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans on April 6.
Meanwhile UW recruit Brianna Ruiz, who suffered an ACL tear during the summer, returned to play in her first game Feb. 6. The senior guard scored 19 points for Del Oro HS in a loss for an eighth Sierra Foothill League girls basketball championship.
The Huskies (17-6, 9-3 Pac-12) are in Oregon to face the Ducks (3-21, 1-11) on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. UW will face Oregon State (9-15, 3-9) on Monday. A sweep of the schools keeps the Huskies’ NCAA tournament hopes alive but a recent ESPN bracket evaluation has the team pegged as the first four teams out of consideration due to a lack of a tough schedule. The Pac-12 has four teams in overall.
UW is ranked 61st in the latest NCAA RPI standings, down from 52nd last week. So, to put it bluntly, a win against No. 21 Colorado (18-5, 7-5) on Feb. 24 in Boulder plus a solid run in the Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena in March are probably the only way Washington gets into the Big Dance.
Lastly, G Kassia Fortier remains out due to a shoulder injury suffered in practice. McGuff said the walk-on is doubtful to play against the Oregon schools.