Feb. 15, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern incoming freshman Nia Coffey was one of 24 players selected to compete at the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game. The 12th annual high school all-star event takes place in Chicago, at the United Center, on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. NU fans can watch the game live on ESPNU.
Coffey, a 6-1 forward from Hopkins High School in Minneapolis, Minn., will play on the East Team. This is the second high school All-America honor for Coffey as she was recently selected to compete in the 2013 WBCA High School All-America Game, which takes place Saturday, April 6, at the New Orleans Arena, the site of the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Coffey is the third NU signee under head coach Joe McKeown to receive McDonald’s All-America honors. She is one of four incoming freshmen that will join the ’Cats for the 2013-14 season, along with guard Ashley Deary (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound), guard Christen Inman (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes), who recently received WBCA High School All-America honorable mention accolades, and forward Allie Tuttle (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek).
More information on Nia Coffey can be found below.
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
High School: Hopkins
High School: No. 1 ranked recruit out of Minnesota in the class of 2013 … Tabbed No. 24 nationwide and No. 8 at her position by ESPN … Helped lead Hopkins to three Minnesota state championships and looks to lead the team to another during her senior season in 2012-13 ... Two-time All-Lake Conference (2011, 2012) … 2012 Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro First Team … 2012 AP All-State … 2012 All-State Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association … Leading scorer and rebounder on state championship squads … Named to the All-Tournament Team following the 2011 and 2012 Minnesota state championships … Two-time section and Lake Conference Champions … 2011 & 2012 Defensive Player of the Year … Two-year captain … 2012 USA Basketball Women’s U-17 invitation only invitee … 2011 USA Basketball Women’s U-16 alternate … Also played a year of volleyball … Ran on the varsity track team as a seventh-grader and competed in the state meet … National Junior Olympics Track silver medalist in the 100 & 200-meter dash … Two-time Distinguished Academic Achievement Award winner.
Personal: Born Nia Coffey ... Daughter of Sheba and Richard Coffey ... Sister, Sydney, plays basketball at Marist College … Anticipated major is mechanical engineering.
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