During an announcement show Thursday afternoon on ESPNU, Port Orange Atlantic senior forward Ronni Williams was selected to participate in the 12th annual McDonald's All-American girls basketball game.
"It's a blessing and I thank God for it. Hard work and dedication paid off," said Williams. "My high school career went by fast but I have truly grown as a player since my freshman year."
Williams is one of 24 participants chosen from 300 nominees across the country. Florida had 17 nominees including five local players: Williams, Bailey Florin (Boone), Sydnei McCaskill (Dr. Phillips), Shannon Cranshaw (Daytona Beach Father Lopez) and Trimaine McCullough (Edgewater).
This marks the third straight season a local girls player has played in the game. Lake Mary's Morgan Jones was a 2011 selection and Edgewater's Alexis Prince won MVP honors in last year's contest.
Said coach George Butts, "Ronni is a great player. This has brought national attention to our school and it's just been wonderful.
The game will be played on April 3 at the United Center in Chicago. Williams has also been selected to participate in the WBCA All-America Game on April 6 in New Orleans.
Charles King is high school sports writer for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow his high school football thoughts on Twitter at https://twitter.com/varsityfootball.