Ocala native Rellah Boothe keeps reaching new milestones.
Whether its going from a highly-coveted recruit to Texas signee, or becoming a full fledged member of Team USA’s U18 squad, the No. 1 guard in the nation and No. 3 player overall by ESPN continues to impress.
Now Boothe gets to take part in one of the greatest achievements a prep basketball player can be a part of after being selected to play in this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game scheduled for Mar. 29 at the United Center in Chicago.
Boothe and West Port standout Jalaysha Thomas were both nominated last week with a chance to play in the game. Boothe found out on Wednesday she was chosen, joining IMG boys player Trevon Duval as the first-ever Ascenders to be named to the game since basketball was first added as an IMG Academy sport in 2001.
Thomas found out on Wednesday she wasn’t selected but says she was pleased to hear Boothe made it.
“I just found out and unfortunately I am not on the team, but Rellah did and I am so happy for her,” Thomas said through her Twitter account. Thomas is a University of Florida signee.
Boothe is averaging 23.5 points per game, 9.7 rebounds and has two double-doubles on the year, helping IMG to a 17-2 overall record.
As a member of the Team USA U18, she helped her squad secure a convincing 109-62 win over Canada in the U18 championship final. At the FIBA Americas U18 championship, Boothe set a Team USA record for free throw shooting, going 9-for-9 from the charity stripe, and scored six points off the bench against Canada. Boothe also was named as a Naismith Trophy third team All American in 2016, and was recently announced as part of the 2017 Naismith Trophy midseason first team.
Boothe, a 6-foot-3 versatile left-handed player, has been a top recruit since progressing into a standout player at Howard Middle School. From there, she went to The Potter’s House Christian Academy in Jacksonville before transferring to IMG.