Teaira McCowan is coming to Mississippi State with some additional hardware as she was named to the prestigious 2015 Parade All-America Girls Basketball Team.
McCowan earned the distinction following a stellar senior campaign that saw her average 19.3 points, 17.1 rebounds and 4.0 blocks for Brenham (Texas) High School.
She was tabbed a repeat Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State selection after leading the Cubettes to a 25-8 overall record and a 13-1 district mark.
“I was very surprised to find out I was named a Parade All-American, but I am very honored and thankful to receive such a prestigious honor because I didn’t think I would ever receive something like that,” McCowan said. “It definitely gives me more confidence in my abilities, and now I’m ready to transfer what I did in high school to college and continue to improve from there.”
The 6-foot-7 McCowan capped her prep career by earning a selection to the TABC All-Star Game. She earned five stars from ESPN/HoopGurlz and has been rated as high as the No. 12 prospect nationally and the second-best center.
In addition to being ranked 49th overall in the ESPN/HoopGurlz Top 100, she was rated the 26th-best prospect by Premier Girls Report while Full Court had her 12th overall and the No. 2 center.
All-Star Girls Report also pegged her the No. 2 center and 16th overall.
McCowan represented the United States at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, helping the team to the gold medal.
McCowan becomes the second-straight Bulldog to earn the honor, joining 2014 selection Victoria Vivians.
Off the court, McCowan earned all-state honors in track and field after claiming the silver medal in the shot put with a throw of 42-0 at the UIL state meet.
2015 Parade Girls Basketball All-America Team
|Kristine Anigwe||C||Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.)||6’4||California|
|Guirantes Arella||G||Bellport (Brookhaven, N.Y.)||5’10||undecided|
|Kalani Brown||C||Salmen (Slidell, La.)||6’5||Baylor|
|Lauren Brozoski||G||Long Island Luth. (Brookville, N.Y.)||5’5||Michigan|
|Napheesa Collier||F||Incarnate Word (St. Louis, Mo.)||6’1||Uconn|
|Te’a Cooper||G||McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)||5’8||Tennessee|
|Tania Davis||G||Goodrich (Mich.)||5’3||Iowa|
|Asia Durr||G||St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta, Ga.)||5’10||Louisville|
|Taylor Emery||G||Freedom (Tampa, Fla.)||5’9||Tulane|
|Kiah Gillespie||F/G||Capital Prep (Hartford, Conn.)||6’2||Maryland|
|Shayna Gore||G||Logan (W.Va.)||6’0||Marshall|
|Haley Gorecki||G||William Fremd (Palatine, Ill.)||6’0||Duke|
|Lashann Higgs||G||Cedar Ridge (Round Rock, Texas)||5’9||Texas|
|Lindsey Jensen||G||Sky View (Smithfield, Utah)||5’10||Utah State|
|Kyra Lambert||G||Clemens (Schertz, Texas)||5’9||Duke|
|Marina Mabrey||G||Manasquan (N.J.)||6’0||Notre Dame|
|Teaira McCowan||C||Brenham (Texas)||6’7||Mississippi St.|
|Beatrice Mompremier||C||Miami (Fla.) Senior||6’4||Baylor|
|Maci Morris||G||Bell County (Ky.)||6’0||Kentucky|
|Taylor Murray||G||Annapolis Area Chr. (Severn, Md.)||5’6||Kentucky|
|Arike Ogunbowale||G/F||Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee, Wis.)||5’9||Notre Dame|
|Ali Patberg||G||Columbus (Ind.) North||5’10||Notre Dame|
|Cierra Rice||G||South (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.)||5’9||Illinois|
|Katie Lou Samuelson||G||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)||6’3||Uconn|
|Jessica Shepard||F||Fremont (Neb.)||6’4||Nebraska|
|Marta Sniezek||G||National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)||5’7||Stanford|
|Hallie Thome||C/F||Chagrin Falls (Ohio)||6’5||Michigan|
|Shaquera Wade||G/F||Huntsville (Ala.)||5’11||Alabama|
|Stephanie Watts||G||Weddington (Matthews, N.C.)||5’10||North Carolina|
|Danni Williams||G||Clovis (N.M.)||5’10||Texas A&M|
(From MSU Media Relations)