The best class in program history continues to bring in accolades as Lady Bear signees Aquira DeCosta, Queen Egbo and NaLyssa Smith were named to the ALL-USA Preseason Girls Basketball Team this week. Baylor leads all teams nationally with three included on the list of 20 players.
DeCosta, a 6-foot-3 forward from Sacramento, has led her team to three sectional championships in a row and a state championship in 2016. She averaged 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game as a junior, and was awarded Naismith Trophy honorable mention accolades in 2016. DeCosta is ranked No. 4 overall and No. 1 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz and No. 2 overall and No. 1 by position by Prospects Nation.
Egbo, a 6-foot-3 center from Houston, has helped Travis High School to three consecutive bi-district and playoff appearances. She averaged 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a junior to garner District MVP honors. Egbo is ranked No. 15 overall and No. 3 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz and No. 27 overall and No. 8 by position by Prospects Nation.
Smith, a 6-foot-3 forward from Converse, Texas, has guided her team to three-straight playoff appearances. The three-time all-region selection, earned second team All-American and Super Team honors after averaging 23.2 points, 17.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game as a junior. Smith is ranked No. 8 overall and No. 3 by position by ESPN Hoopgurlz, and No. 3 overall and No. 2 by position by Prospects Nation.