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Incoming Terp Riley Nelson Named McDonald’s All-American

Incoming Terp Riley Nelson Named McDonald's All-American

COLLEGE PARK, MD – Incoming Maryland women’s basketball freshman Riley Nelson (Clarksburg, Md. / The Bullis School) was named a McDonald’s All-American Tuesday. She was named to the East Team and will play in the McDonald’s All-American Game March 28 in Houston, Texas.

A five-star recruit, Nelson is the No. 17-ranked incoming freshman overall by Blue Star Basketball and No. 18 by ESPN. She was named the 2022 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. She is averaging 16.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks per game this season. Nelson earned 4A First Team All-State and First Team All County honors as a junior. She was a Team USA Finalist and led her team to the 2019 and 2022 Regional titles and the 2022 Montgomery County championship. Nelson led her team to a runner-up finish in the 2022 State Championship. 


Nelson plays AAU for the Fairfax Stars.

Head coach Brenda Frese has brought 25 McDonald’s All-Americans to College Park, including Nelson. Current Terrapin senior Diamond Miller was a McDonald’s All-American in 2019. 

The 2023 McDonald’s All American Girls game will air on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. 

Nelson and four other signees make up the No. 7-ranked class in the country, as ranked by ESPN. Summer Bostock (Toronto, Ontario), Hawa Doumbouya (Bronx, N.Y.), Emily Fisher (Libertyville, Ill.) and Amiyah Reynolds (South Bend, Ind). make up one of the top classes in the country.

The 10th-ranked Terrapins (16-4, 7-2 B1G) will host No. 13 Michigan Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the XFINITY Center. Click here for tickets. Then, the Terps will host Penn State Monday at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be televised on the Big Ten Network.



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