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LJCD's Plum named McDonald's All-American

02/14/2013, 2:15pm PST
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Senior will play for the West in All-Star game in Chicago's United Center.


La Jolla Country Day's Kelsey Plum has accepted a scholarship to the University of Washington.

Kelsey Plum, La Jolla Country Day’s first-team all-state point guard, has been selected as a McDonald’s All-American and will play for the West in the April 3 basketball All-Star game at the United Center in Chicago.

Plum, who passed the 2,000-point mark in her career earlier this year, is the first San Diego athlete named to the prestigious boys or girls game since La Costa Canyon’s Chase Budinger in 2006 when the games were played in San Diego.

“Kelsey is an unbelievable player and it showed against the nationally ranked teams we played this year,” said LJCD coach Terri Bamford, who had one of the other two San Diego girls to play in this game — Candice Wiggins in 2004. That same year, San Diego High’s Charde Houston was also selected and she and Wiggins both are currently playing in the WNBA.

“(Plum) had 40 points against Christ the King (New York) and 30 against (Santa Ana) Mater Dei — nobody could stop her.”

At 5-feet-8, Plum was pivotal to LJCD’s state-championship run a year ago as a ball-handler, shooter and passer. She scored 51 points earlier this year against Dobson (Arizona), had 10 assists against Stockton St. Mary’s and 17 rebounds against Bishop’s.

This year she has been asked to pick up all areas of her game and, after signing with the University of Washington in November, has led the Torreys to another Coastal League crown and what is expected to be a No. 1 seed for the San Diego Section Division IV playoffs at the seeding meeting Saturday.

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