UConn women's basketball's recruits KK Arnold, Ashlynn Shade named McDonald's All-Americans

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UConn women’s basketball 2023 recruits Kamorea "KK" Arnold and Ashlynn Shade have been named McDonald’s All-Americans, as announced by ESPN’s NBA Today Tuesday afternoon. The 2023 McDonald's All-American game will be played in Houston at the Toyota Center on March 28, 2023.

Arnold is the No. 6 ranked recruit in this year’s class while Shade comes in at No. 15. Fellow Husky 2023 commit Qadence Samuels is ranked No. 41. All three were named McDonald's All-American nominees on Jan. 11, but only Arnold and Shade were named to the list of the country's top 24 girls basketball players.

Current Huskies Ice Brady, Ayanna Patterson, Azzi Fudd, Paige Bueckers, Caroline Ducharme, Amari DeBerry and Aubrey Griffin were also named McDonald's All-Americans while in high school.

Arnold will arrive in Storrs from Germantown, Wisconsin and is poised to become Paige Bueckers’ replacement at point guard once the Husky star graduates. Currently, the high school senior is averaging 23.6 points, 7.4 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game.

This summer, Arnold represented the U.S. on the international stage at the 2022 3x3 World Cup. She helped led Team USA to victory to earn her second gold medal. In 2021, Arnold also helped the U.S. win the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Arnold was named the 2022 AP Wisconsin State Player of the Year and the Wisconsin Girls Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year. She also won both awards in 2021 as a sophomore.

Shade comes to Storrs from Noblesville, Indiana. She played her first three years at Noblesville High before transferring to La Lumiere, a local prep school.

As a junior, Shade averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals last season. The 5-foot-10 guard was named the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year last season.

Arnold, Shade, Samules make up UConn’s Class of 2023 freshman along with early enrollee Jana El Alfy, who joined the program on Monday from Egypt.

Maggie.Vanoni@hearstmediact.com  @maggie_vanoni