Trio of Incoming Bruins Earn WBCA High School All-America Honors
May 12, 2022
Incoming UCLA freshmen Kiki Rice, Gabriela Jaquez and Londynn Jones have been selected as high school All-Americans by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Rice, the Gatorade and Naismith National Player of the Year, is a first-team selection, while Jaquez and Jones earned honorable mention acclaim.
Rice, a point guard from Washington D.C.’s Sidwell Friends School, is the first UCLA recruit to earn first-team WBCA high school All-America honors since Michaela Onyenwere in 2017. Rice averaged 15.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game while leading her team to a 30-0 record and the inaugural State Champions Invitational title. The No. 2 overall recruit in the nation, Rice became the first-ever UCLA women’s basketball signee to win the Naismith Trophy high school Player of the Year award, and she followed that up by winning the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Jaquez, a forward from Camarillo HS, averaged 34.2 points, 15.7 rebounds, 4.7 steals, and 2.6 assists per game and totaled 30 double-doubles while leading her team to a 30-3 overall record in 2021-22. A two-time Ventura County Player of the Year, Jaquez set county records for scoring average and total points (1,127) this season. Jaquez was named co-MVP of the 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game, alongside Rice, and was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All State Elite First Team.
A point guard from Corona Centennial HS, Jones averaged 25.2 points per game this past season and recorded a pair of 40-point games and seven 30-point games. A prolific three-point shooter, Jones placed second at the high school 3-Point Championships and registered a total of 108 three-pointers in 2021-22, a total that ranked 17th in the nation. Jones was a finalist for the Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year and won Cal-Hi Sports’ State Senior of the Year award.
The three future Bruins lead a recruiting class that ranks No. 1 overall by ESPN.