Bishops’ Gilmer and Williams Nominated for 2015 McDonald’s High School All American Team

McDonald's All American Nominees, Jaylen Williams and Alana Gilmer.

McDonald's All American Nominees, Jaylen Williams and Alana Gilmer.

Two members of the Archbishop Williams High School Girl’s Basketball team have been nominated for the 2015 McDonald’s All American Team.  Senior Alana Gilmer (Easton, Ma) and Senior Jaylen Williams (Easton, Ma) are two of just five girls nominated from Massachusetts.

This year, 823 boys and girls nationwide received this special recognition and thus have hopes of being selected to the final team of 24 All-Stars. The McDonald’s All American Team represents the finest high school basketball talent in the country and takes into account success on the court and in the classroom, and involvement in the community.  Archbishop Williams is proud to have not only one, but two exceptional student-athletes included in this elite group. Williams’ Athletic Director Gordie McClay commented on hearing about the Gilmer and Williams nominations, “This is a great honor not only for the girls as individuals, but for their families, coaches, the entire Bishops’ Athletic Department and our School. They are great basketball players, but more importantly great young ladies.”

Alana Gilmer, a two-time Catholic Central League All-Star is a versatile 6’0” wing/forward. She has signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech. This year, as a senior, Gilmer is averaging 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. As a sophomore, she was a member of and leading contributor to the 2013 Division III State Championship team.  She led her injury-plagued Lady Bishops to the Eastern Massachusetts final at the TD Garden last year. A member of the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic teams, Gilmer was the 2013 Boston Rose Classic League MVP. At Archbishop Williams, Gilmer serves her school and community as a “Peer Minister.”  She is a Co-Captain of the Girls Varsity Basketball Team and a member of the French National Honor Society. She particularly enjoys volunteering at local Boston elementary schools.

Jaylen Williams, a 6’3” post player is a skilled force on both ends of the court. She has signed a letter of intent with Penn State. This year, as a senior, Williams is averaging 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks, but statistics tell only a small part of the story; she is a game changer. In 2012-13 Williams played a key role in the Catholic Central League, South Sectional, E-Mass and Div. III State Championship Team as a sophomore. She missed most of last season with a knee injury. Jaylen is a Co-Captain of the Girls Varsity Basketball Team. She enjoys volunteer service work at local soup kitchens and nursing homes and serves as a youth basketball coach.

School President Dennis M. Duggan, Jr. Esq. ’70, remarked, “I have had the privilege to watch Alana and Jaylen play for the last three years, and have seen both interact in the Williams community. Both are outstanding high school basketball players and even better young women. I could not be more happy for or proud of them.”

The final 24 girls and 24 boys selected to play in the annual All-Star game will be named during the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show, which airs Thursday January 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.  The All-Star game will be played April 1 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

The Lady Bishops travel to Brockton this Friday to square off against rival Cardinal Spellman at 6:30 p.m. The team then travels to New York City, over the weekend, to play two games at The Mecca Girls’ Basketball Challenge.  This Invitational Tournament, which features many elite teams and players from the East Coast is known as one of the top competitions for girl’s high school basketball.  The showcase takes place at Gauchos Gym in The Bronx with the Lady Bishops facing off against New Hope Christian Academy (NC) on Saturday and Baldwin (NY) on Sunday. This will be the third out of state tournament for the Lady Bishops this season. For more information on Bishops’ Athletics, visit www.gobishops.com