Brunelle named a McDonald's All-American

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The latest national honor for Sam Brunelle might be her most prestigious.

The senior forward from William Monroe High School was named a 2019 McDonald's All-American on Thursday. Brunelle is one of 12 players on the East roster for the McDonalad's All-America Game, which will be played on March 27 in Atlanta.

Currently sidelined by a broken foot suffered in late December, Brunelle had been averaging 26.2 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Greene Dragons this season. Brunelle is the reigning Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year and VHSL Class 3 Player of the Year, and has surpassed both the 2,000-point and 1,000-rebound plateaus in her William Monroe career.

A five-star recruit ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the country by ESPN, Brunelle signed last November to play college basketball at Notre Dame. Notre Dame's other five-star recruit for 2019, point guard Anaya Peoples from Illinois, is on the West roster for the McDonald's All-America Game.

The list of previous McDonald's All-Americans includes some of the best players in recent women's basketball history, including Breanna Stewart (2012), Skylar Diggins (2009), Elena Delle Donne (2008), Maya Moore (2007) and Candace Parker (2004).

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