Megan Underwood of Thayer High School has been recognized as one of the finest basketball players in the country through her nomination to the third annual McDonald's All American High School Girls Basketball Team.
Underwood is one of 1,000 female prep basketball standouts in the nation nominated by the McDonald's All American Basketball Team Selection Committee, a group of nationally prominent basketball experts. As a nominee, the 5-foot 6-inch guard will be considered for one of the 24 slots on the final McDonald's All American High School Basketball Team that will compete in the third annual McDonald's All American High School Girls Basketball Game.
The McDonald's All American Girls Game will be played March 31 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, with tip-off at 6:30 p.m. (EST). Additionally, this year marks the 27th Anniversary of the McDonald's All American Boys Game, which also will be played March 31 at the Ford Center. The boys game will be broadcast live on ESPN during primetime at 9 p.m. (EST). The girls game tips off at 6:30 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast on ESPN2 (April 1 at 5 p.m. EST).
McDonald's All American alumni include such current and former NBA stars such as Michael Jordan (retired), Magic Johnson (retired), Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), as well as Women's NCAA stars Shanna Zolman (Tennessee), Ann Strother (UConn), and Seimone Augustus (LSU).
Underwood has a 23-points-per-game average and leads the Bobcats in career points with over 1,800. She averages 5.2 steals and 2.9 assists per game. Her coach is Steve Atkisson.
Underwood, the daughter of Jim and Shelley Underwood of Thayer, has given a verbal commitment to play basketball for Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. SBU is a NCAA Division II school.