By Joseph Staszewski
Christ the King senior guard Sierra Calhoun was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game Wednesday night.
The Duke-bound Calhoun joins Royals alumni Sue Bird and Chamique Holdsclaw, Shay Doran, Carrem Gay, Tina Charles, Lorin Dixon and Bria Smith, who all got a chance to play in the McDonald’s game. Nazareth’s Bianca Cuevas will join her in the contest that features the top 24 players in the nation. It marks the first time two CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens players were selected to play in the same year.
The 6-foot Calhoun was nervous watching the McDonald’s selection show at home in Brooklyn with her family, but was overjoyed when she saw her name on the screen. It will be nationally televised on ESPN from the United Center in Chicago April 2.
“I feel blessed and it is an honor to be part of this prestigious event,” Calhoun said. “I worked so hard to get to this point and I’m just so happy to be selected as a McDonald’s All-American.”
The four-year varsity player is the No. 10 ranked prospect in the country by ESPN and No. 1 at the wing position. The versatile Calhoun, CK’s leading scorer, has the Royals off to a 14-3 mark this season as it currently sits atop the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I standings.
As Christ the King continues to work toward a state Federation title, Calhoun took a moment to enjoy her accomplishment and remember those who helped her reach it.
“I’m going to cherish this moment for the rest of my life,” Calhoun said.