Kiki Rice, Lauren Betts headline JWS high school All-American teams

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Sidwell Friends' Kiki Rice (Christian Jenkins/Just Women's Sports)

Since launching JWS Next earlier this year, we’ve had the privilege of immersing ourselves in the national high school basketball scene — the teams, players, traditions and rivalries.

As the 2021-22 campaign draws to close, we wanted to highlight some of the most impressive players we got to know. Below are our picks for the inaugural All-American teams (including their stat lines and college commitments), headlined by Player of the Year Kiki Rice.

First Team

G Kiki Rice, Sidwell Friends (D.C.), Sr.

15.8 PPG, 7 RPG, 5.1 APG, 2.6 SPG

The best player on the nation’s best team, Rice has few holes in her game, which she’s modeled after the legendary Sue Bird. She helped turn Sidwell Friends into a national power, and for that, she’ll always be a local icon.

G Chance Gray, Winton Woods (Ohio), Sr.

26.7 PPG, 5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 3.2 SPG

An elite combo guard, Gray helped Winton Woods capture its first conference title since 2011.

G Mikaylah Williams, Parkway (La.), Jr.

22.8 PPG, 8 RPG, 3.7 APG, 2.2 SPG

The top-ranked recruit for the Class of 2023, per ESPN, Williams will have her pick of prospective college suitors after a dominant junior campaign.

F Ayanna Patterson, Homestead (Ind.), Sr.

25.8 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 2 BPG

The winner of Indiana’s prestigious Miss Basketball award, Patterson led Homestead to a one-loss regular season. The all-around player is also known for her impressive dunks.

P Lauren Betts, Grandview (Colo.), Sr.

17.2 PPG, 11 RPG, 3.6 BPG, 3.5 APG

The 6-foot-7 Betts is unmatched as a low-post talent. A two-time Gatorade Colorado State Player of the Year, Betts will join the reigning NCAA champions in the fall.

Grandview's Lauren Betts (Courtesy of FIBA)

Second Team

G Ashlynn Shade, Noblesville (Ind.), Jr.

20.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 3.7 SPG

Shade capped a superlative junior campaign by scoring 31 points in the state title game, tying an all-time record.

G Aaliyah Gayles, Spring Valley (Nev.), Sr.

13.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.5 SPG, 3.3 APG

A dynamic athlete with a scorer’s mentality, Gayles will be virtually impossible for Spring Valley to replace.

F Timea Gardiner, Fremont (Utah), Sr.

13.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.8 SPG
Oregon State

The-England born Gardiner led Fremont to the brink of a state championship with her dominant all-around approach.

F Janiah Barker, Montverde (Fla.), Sr.

17.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.5 SPG

A multiple-time Team USA selection, Barker helped Montverde clinch a GEICO Nationals berth.

P Isuneh Brady, Cathedral Catholic (Cal.), Sr.

20.7 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.8 BPG

The big known as “Ice” was in a class of her own in the San Diego area, especially in the low post.

Josh Needelman is the High School Sports Editor at Just Women’s Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JoshNeedelman.