BERKELEY – California women’s basketball signees Gabby Green and Mikayla Cowling have both been honored by the WBCA as High School All-Americans, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday. Green was one of 10 players named to the 2014 WBCA High School All-America Team while Cowling was one of 20 players selected as a WBCA High School All-America Honorable Mention.
The St. Mary’s (Berkeley) duo were earlier this year also named 2014 McDonald’s All-Americans and will represent the West in the 13th edition of the McDonald’s High School All-American Game on April 2 at the United Center in Chicago.
The duo – ranked No. 13 as a class by ESPN – become the 11th and 12th Golden Bear signees to be named WBCA High School All-Americans, following in the footsteps of Alexis Gray-Lawson and Devanei Hampton (2005), Gennifer Brandon, Layshia Clarnedon, Tierra Rogers and DeNesha Stallworth (2009), Afure Jemerigbe and Lindsay Sherbert (2010) and Reshanda Gray and Justine Hartman (2011).
Cowling (Benecia, Calif. / winger) and Green (Oakland, Calif. / guard) will join California in the 2014-15 season as two players considered among the top 15 players in the country according to ESPN HoopGurlz rankings. The incoming group, ranked No. 13 by ESPN, gives California its fifth top 20 recruiting class in the last six years – the lone exception being the 2011-12 season when the Golden Bears did not sign any players.
Cowling is a 6-2 winger rated No. 11 overall by ESPN HoopGurlz as the No. 2 winger in the country. Effective on both ends of the court, Cowling participated in the USA Basketball U16 National Team trials in 2011. Alongside Green, Cowling has led Saint Mary’s College High School to an 87-18 record the past three seasons and averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game in 2012-13. With a prep average of 10.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game over her career, Cowling was a Central Coast All-League selection last season and averaged 15 points per game at the 2012 Nike Tournament of Champions.
Green, a 6-2 guard heralded as a unanimous top 15 prospect by recruiting analysts, brings a wealth of international experience to Berkeley as a gold medalist with the USA Basketball U19 National Team. Green was a member of the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship squad that posted a perfect 9-0 record in Lithuania to capture the gold. She also participated in the U17 World Championship Team trials and the U16 National Team trials and has earned a total of 11 appearances in international competition for USA Basketball.
As a prep, Green is a standout at Saint Mary’s College High School where she, along with Cowling, led her team to a 30-5 record last season, averaging 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 4.2 steals per game. A multi-faceted player with the ability to use her height along the perimeter, was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team and All-Division IV first team, the Bay Area News Group All-East Bay first team and was a Max Preps All-American selection. She was also a Cal-Hi Sports third team selection as a sophomore and All-Freshman team selection in 2011.