TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama women’s basketball signee and ESPNW five-star prospect Essence Cody was named a McDonald’s All-American, the organizers announced Tuesday.
One of the top recruits in program history, Cody is one of 24 high school players selected for the McDonald’s All-American game. The contest will be held March 28, 2023 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Cody, a native of Valdosta, Ga., is considered one of the top interior players in the class of 2023. The 6-4 forward is the 22nd-ranked recruit in the country according to ESPNW and was named the top post player in the state of Georgia. She has been named to the Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year watchlist twice, receiving notice in both 2022 and 2023.
Cody is the first Alabama signee in 13 years and just the second in program history to be named a McDonald’s All-American, joining Kaneisha Horn who earned the honor in 2010.
6-4 | Forward | Valdosta, Ga. | Valdosta High School | ESPNW Five-Star Recruit
- 2022 and 2023 Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year Watchlist
- The No. 22 recruit in the country by ESPNW
- Competed at the 2019 and 2021 BallN Across Borders in Toronto, Canada, and Las Vegas, Nev., respectively
- Invite to the 2022 USA Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 2022 Under Armour Elite 24 in Chicago, Ill.
- Named the UA Elite 24 MVP
- Five-star recruit by ESPNW
- Invited to the Wootten Camp 150 on multiple occasions
- Selected as the 2021-22 Player of the Year and GACA MVP for 2022 for Valdosta High School
- Was named the 2022 No. 1 post player in Georgia in addition to being ranked a top-five overall player in the state
- Ranked 18th by Prospects Nation and 27th by Blue Star
- Was also named a member of the Blue Star 30
- Named a WHO’s NXT All-American game nominee
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