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LSU Athletic Communications
For Immediate Release – January 11, 2023

Full LSU Women’s Basketball Signing Class Named McDonald’s All-America Game Nominees


BATON ROUGE – The full LSU Women’s Basketball singing class that is ranked as ESPN’s top recruiting class of Mikaylah Williams, Aalyah Del Rosario, Angelica Velez and Janae Kent have been named as nominees for the McDonald’s All-America game.

The rosters for the McDonald’s All-America Game will be announced later this month. Assuming at least one of LSU’s signees earn a spot on the roster, it would mark the second consecutive year with a player in the game as Flau’jae Johnson played in it last year.

LSU has a long history of having recruits play in the game. Seimone Augustus, who will have her statue unveiled on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. CT North of the PMAC, was named the MVP of the first ever girls McDonald’s All-America Game in Madison Square Garden.

LSU is the only program in the country to sign two Top-10 players this year. The Tigers also have the No. 1 class according to Jr. All Star GBB and ASGRxHoopSeenW.

LSU top-ranked class is headlined the class is the No. 1 player in the country (AGSR, Prospects Nation and Jr. All-Star National Rankings) and Bossier City, Louisiana native Mikaylah Williams, a 6-0 guard out of Parkway High School. LSU has also signed teammates at The Webb School in Tennessee and natives of The Bronx, New York, Aalyah Del Rosario and Angelica Velez. Del Rosario, a 6-5 forward, is considered the top post player in the country and is tabbed the No. 4 player overall by Just Women’s Sports. Velez is a four-star guard that is rated as the No. 21 player in the country by Prospects Nation. The Tigers also landed Janae Kent out of Oak Forrest, Illinois, Dan Olson’s No. 58 player in the class.

Del Rosario and Williams were named to the Naismith High School Trophy Midseason Watch List on Wednesday as well.

As the top player in the country, Williams has had success on every stage she has played on. Playing overseas during the Summer, Williams earned two Gold Medals with Team USA, claiming the FIBA U17 World Cup and being named MVP during Team USA’s quest for the championship at the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup, both in Hungary.

Williams is the reigning Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 22.8 point, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 steals, leading Parkway High School to a 34-3 record and a state championship appearance. With all-around elite talent, Williams is a natural scorer and lockdown defender whose effort and skill on both sides of the ball separate her from all the other players in the class. As a junior, Williams was a finalist for the 2022 Naismith High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award and she was a Junior All-America First Team selection by MaxPreps.

“Mikaylah is an incredibly special student-athlete,” Coach Mulkey. “Being from North Louisiana, Mikaylah chose to stay home and compete for championships as a Tiger. Her immense talent, combined with her unmatched work ethic sets her apart – making her the top player in the country. LSU fans you are in for a treat.”

“In order to take my game to the next level and to continue to learn and grow as a young woman, there’s only one place where I’ve wanted to be. Home,” Williams said when she announced her commitment to LSU.

Del Rosario is a five-star prospect who is the top true big in the country with a powerful inside game who can utilize the face up game. She sees the floor well and can play outside the key too. She is also a physical defensive presence who hits the boards hard. Del Rosario took home the Gold Medal from the FIBA U18 World Cup in Argentina over the Summer.

“Aalyah brings a dominant inside presence to our front court,” Coach Mulkey said. “She has closely followed post players that I have coached in the past and has the capability to be the next great post player at LSU. I can’t wait to get Aalyah to Baton Rouge and get to work.”

“I selected LSU because when I first arrived in this country, my first game I watched was of Coach Mulkey’s team,” said Del Rosario, whose family is from the Dominican Republic. “I loved her style. I loved the way she coached her girls. I knew then I wanted to play for someone like her. LSU for me felt like home when I was on campus. The development that I will be able to experience from Coach Mulkey and Coach Starkey will be what I will need to one day play professional basketball. Winning a national championship is a goal of mine and I know I am with the right people to do it with.”

During her junior season at The Webb School, Del Rosario averaged a double-double with 13.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game while adding 4.0 assists per game. She was a finalist for the 2022 TSSAA Division II-A Miss Basketball Award.

Del Rosario and Velez have proved to be a lethal guard-post duo, leading The Webb School to the Tennessee Division II-A State Championship as juniors.

Velez is a shifty point guard who plays with the position with a flair with shifty ball handling skills. She is an athletic floor leader with a poised back court game. Velez scored 13 points to help bring the Tennessee State Championship home for The Webb School.

“Angelica is a true point guard who brings a competitive edge to Baton Rouge,” Coach Mulkey said. “As a former point guard, I appreciate her ability to make her teammates look great. Her on-court leadership is phenomenal and will be sure to have a huge impact on our team for years to come.”

“I selected LSU because I wanted to be coached by Coach Mulkey and win with the girls that are in that program,” Velez said. “I want to win a national championship and I feel under Coach Mulkey, I believe I will thrive and really prove that I can play at the next level.”

Kent comes from a basketball family who can score all around the court. She is a two-time South Suburban (Chicago) Conference Player of the Year and was a First Team All-State selection last year. Already with over 1,000 career points at Oak Forrest High School, Kent averaged 25 points and 9 rebounds throughout her junior season. Basketball is in Kents blood as her father played at Ohio University, mother played at West Virginia and brother is a starter at Bradley.

“Janae brings much needed size to our perimeter,” Coach Mulkey said. “Her versatility is a huge part of her game. From scoring to rebounding, she can affect the game in a variety of ways with her length. She is going to come to Baton Rouge ready to get to work and we are excited to see what she accomplishes at LSU.”

“I want to come to LSU to compete for championships,” Kent said. “Coach Mulkey has built a staff around her that I think will give me the ability to reach my full potential and play in a program that competes at the highest level.”

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TigerFan24413 months
If Mulkey wins a Championship here, she will go down as one of Woody's best decisions!
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LSUtoBOOT13 months
She knows how to get them, and she knows how to coach them.
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Morpheus13 months
Me is wondering if Mulkey made her move to LSU in anticipation of Williams that she can build a foundation around for 3 years.
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Tigers4Lyfe13 months
But how well do they sing?
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TechBullDawg13 months
Shit, and to think Tech could have kept Mulkey. Texh would still be a powerhouse
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Deplorable Duke13 months
Wrong finger, Kim
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Mulkey Man13 months
Wonder how many nominees there are. Anyone read the whole article?
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budlight3413 months
Dawn Staley better enjoy her view at the top while she can. Theres gonna be a new Queen at the top very soon!
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OKTiger8313 months
All hail Queen Kim.
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PUB13 months
She will win another national championship in the next 3 years.
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ArcticCat13 months
The future is so so bright!
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Beats2Geaux13 months
Can’t wait to see the “Ankle Taker” on the court.
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