Brenda Frese continuously stocks Maryland women's basketball with top-flight talent, and her 2019 class will include two more McDonald's All-Americans. Guards Ashley Owusu and Diamond Miller earned the honor Thursday, becoming the 23rd and 24th All-Americans Frese has signed.
The two represent half of Maryland’s No. 3-ranked 2019 class, full of five stars, according ESPNW. Owusu is the No. 5 recruit and top point guard in the country, according to the HoopGurlz Top 100, standing at 5’9 and hailing from Virginia’s Paul VI. Miller’s another top-20 recruit, with the 6’1 shooting guard clocking in at No. 18.
The two share the honor with 22 more of the top-37 ranked seniors, all signed. Three each are headed to South Carolina, suiting up for the East squad, and Stanford, playing for the West. Owusu and Miller will team up with Tennessee-bound Jordan Horston, Gamecocks signee Aliyah Boston and Notre Dame signee Samantha Brunelle, putting the Nos. 2-5 recruits all on the East.
The game is still a couple months away, taking place in Atlanta on March 27. This is the second straight season Frese will bring in an All-American, after freshman Shakira Austin earned the honor last year. Here’s the full list of participants.
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