Feb. 8, 2012
ATLANTA, Ga. - Future Bruin Nirra Fields has been selected as one of 20 participants for the 2012 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike, as announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday.
The nation's top 20 high school senior girls' basketball players have been selected to compete in the annual game. The 21st annual All-America Game, which is held as part of the WBCA National Convention, will be played Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Pepsi Center, in Denver, site of the 2012 NCAA® Women's Final Four®. Tipoff is 4:30 p.m. MT. For the third consecutive year, the game will be played on the official NCAA Women's Final Four court. The 20 players will be divided into two 10-player teams for the game, which will be played according to NCAA rules.
"The 20 members of this year's High School All-America Team are the future of women's basketball," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "I always look forward to watching this group in action at the WBCA High School All-America Game presented by NIKE, and it will be great to see them play on the Final Four court in Denver."
Nirra Fields, out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., is concluding her senior season, as the Monarchs are ranked ninth in the nation and second in California, according to MaxPreps. Mater Dei is concluding its regular season on Wednesday, as the CIF playoffs will start later this month.
Fields, a 5-9 guard, averaged 26.5 points per game at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. last season. She transferred to Mater Dei High School last summer after Los Angeles Lakers' head coach Mike Brown and his wife Carolyn became her legal guardians. Fields is originally from Canada and has played internationally for her country. In the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships, she averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. In the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championships, she scored 17 points in a game versus the United States. She is ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the 2012 class by ESPN HoopGurlz and the No. 3 guard.