Two Columbia High School Basketball Players Earn McDonald’s All-American Game Nominations

Averi Kroenke (21) of Rock Bridge reacts during a match at the Naples (Fla.) Holiday Shootout 2021 American Division Championship. Rock Bridge beat Sacred Heart (Ky.) 40-36 to win the title.

The McDonald’s All-American Games nominees were announced Wednesday, and two Columbia women’s basketball stars were on the list.

Rock Bridge’s Averi Kroenke and Kyrah Brodie were among 760 high school boys and girls nominated nationally for the chance to play in the All-American Game at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena in March.

Kroenke and Brodie are two of 27 nominated players from Missouri State.

Rock Bridge head coach Jill Nagel expressed pride in the Bruins duo for their nominations and said she was lucky to coach them.

“It’s a very prestigious honor and the result of years of playing the sport they love and many sacrifices along the way to ensure they did everything possible to develop their skills,” Nagel wrote. in a message to the Tribune. “Not only are they great basketball players, but they are even more impressive teammates and women of exceptional character.”

Rock Bridge's Kyrah Brodie (33) plays post against Helias on December 11 in the 2021 Norm Stewart Classic at Mizzou Arena.

Rock Bridge’s Kyrah Brodie (33) makes a play in the post against Helias on Dec. 11 during the 2021 Norm Stewart Classic at Mizzou Arena.

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Nominees like Kroenke and Brodie were nominated by a high school coach, athletic director, manager or member of the US Games selection committee. The selection committee is made up of scouts, media analysts and coaches.

The 24-man squads for the boys’ and girls’ games will be announced Jan. 25 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on ESPN’s “NBA Today.”

The former Rock Bridge Sanaa ‘St. Andre was nominated in 2020. She is now a sophomore on the UMKC basketball team. Hickman’s Emma Chapman, who now plays for Division II Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, was nominated in 2019.

On this year’s roster of boys are Missouri men’s basketball signee Aiden Shaw and Pattonville forward Kellen Thames, son of former United star Kelly Thames.

Chris Kwiecinski is the sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, overseeing sports coverage for the University of Missouri and Boone County. Follow him on Twitter @OchoK_ and contact him at CKwiecinsk@gannett.com or 435-414-3261.

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