EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women’s basketball signee Sidney Cooks (Kenosha, Wisc./ St. Joseph Catholic Academy) was selected to play in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game, as announced late Sunday night on ESPNU.
Cooks is the only player on the roster who is a Big Ten Conference signee. She also becomes the first future Spartan to play in the prestigious all-star game since Madison Williams in 2010. In the 16 years of the event for the girls, Cooks joins Williams and Tiffanie Shives (2005) as the only other incoming Spartans to have been selected to the game.
The future Spartan will be playing on the West Team and will be coached by Russell L. Ninemire.
The 2017 McDonald’s All-American Games will begin on March 29. The 40th annual Boys Game will be televised live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, while the 16th annual Girls Game will tip off at 5 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN2. It will mark the 20th-consecutive year the games will be broadcast on ESPN. The games will be held in Chicago at the United Center for the seventh-straight season.
The complete roster is available at mcdaag.com.
Cooks is a 6-4 forward who plays for head coach Lynell Collins at St. Joseph Catholic. She is currently ranked fifth overall and second at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz. In 2016, Cooks earned AP first-team All-State as well as USA Today first-team All-Wisconsin honors. She was named honorable mention WBCA Division 4 All-State in 2015. Last season, she surpassed the 1,000 point-plateau by scoring 20 points in a win.
She earned all-state and all-area honors as a junior. She was first on the team, averaging 23.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.7 blocks per game. Cooks guided the Lancers to their first WIAA state tournament appearance where they were runner-up in Division 4. As a sophomore, she scored 14.1 ppg with 9.8 rpg as St. Joseph went 20-5.
Cooks also has extensive international experience as a member of the USA U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Chile. En route to a gold medal, she started all five games of the tournament, averaging 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She also captured a silver medal on the 3x3 U18 National Team that competed in Kazakhstan.
Tickets for the 2017 McDonald’s All American Games go on sale Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME (4263). Ticket prices start as low as $10, and are also available in a popular family four-pack which includes four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs – all for $70. United Center parking is free the night of the Games.
The POWERADE® Jam Fest – featuring McDonald’s All American Games players in a three-point shootout, dunk contest, and shooting competition – will be held March 27. The competitions will air live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Since their inception, the Games have benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) through its network of local Chapters. At RMHC, programs like the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide comfort and compassion to families with sick children so they are fully supported and able to be a part of their children’s care.
For more information about the McDonald’s All American Games, POWERADE Jam Fest or game week activities in Chicago, please visit www.mcdaag.com and follow @McDAAG.