Two of the University of Louisville's women's basketball signees from the Class of 2017 will compete in the McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Gary, Ind., point guard Dana Evans and Manteca, Calif., post player Loretta Kakala will be on opposite teams in the game that is slated to tip off at 5 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Louisville’s two selections are the most most for any school in the Atlantic Coast Conference and give the Cardinals 11 in school history, nine in the last four seasons for Jeff Walz and his staff.
The 6-foot-3 highly coveted prospect finished her senior season at Manteca averaging 15.6 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots a game. She is ranked as the No. 2 best post player and No. 25 best overall player in the 2017 class, according to the ESPNW HoopzGurlz rankings.
Kakala was the Valley Oak League MVP as a senior and helped her team to the outright VOL league title but the Buffaloes then lost in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III quarterfinals.
The 5-foot-6 Evans is playing about 35 miles from her hometown and is the first girls' All-American from Gary.
Evans averaged 36 points a game to lead the state of Indiana as a senior. She averaged 36 points, 7.6 rebounds. 6.2 assists and 4.5 steals a game and she scored over 30 points in 21 of 26 games and had 50-plus points in two games.
Evans finished her career with 2,832 points, good for fifth all time on the Indiana girls state scoring list.
Last year, Kylee Shook and Ceira Johnson played in the McDonald's All-American game, while Asia Durr, Taja Cole, and Sam Fuehring each played two years ago and Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore competed in the game three years ago.