McCowan named Parade All-American

Teaira McCowan

Teaira McCowan

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

Name Pos. High School Ht. College
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)


I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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