April 16, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - With the dust beginning to settle from Notre Dame women's basketball's second national championship, it was time to look back. Next season's incoming freshmen class of Katlyn Gilbert, Jordan Nixon, Abby Prohaska and Danielle Cosgrove all ended their high school careers in high fashion.
Katlyn Gilbert, 5'10 guard from Indianapolis, averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals during her senior season. Gilbert became just the second women's basketball player at Heritage Christian School history to be named a McDonald's All-American, and was also announced as a Naismith High School All-America Honorable Mention as well.
Gilbert was 1-of-13 players named to the Indiana All-Stars team. The squad will play the Kentucky All-Stars on June 8 in Kentucky and June 9 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Gilbert already competed in the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center back on April 8.
Jordan Nixon, 5'8 point guard from New York City, averaged 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals at Mary Louis Academy. Nixon was named All-Queens, All-New York City and a Brooklyn/Queens All-Star AA First Team selection. Furthermore, Nixon was also nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Team.
More impressively, Nixon was named Miss New York by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY), which is given out to the top high school player in the state. Thus, that marks two straight years in which the Irish will have Miss New York join their ranks, with Danielle Patterson earning the title in 2017.
Nixon and Gilbert each added some Irish flair to the 2018 McDonald's All-American game. Nixon tallied seven points, five rebounds, five assists three steals, while Gilbert collected seven points, three assists and two steals in the contest.
Next up is Abby Prohaska, 5'10 guard from Liberty Township, Ohio, who attended Lakota West High. Prohaska led the Firebirds to a top-10 state ranking, a Greater Miami Conference Championship and a No. 1 tournament seed in the state tournament. In fact, Prohaska experienced just eight losses during her tenure at Lakota West.
In her senior year, Prohaska not only broke the Lakota West career assists record, surpassing the 270 mark at the District Championship, but also became a member of the 1,000-career points club.
Prohaska averaged 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 steals on her way to being named a 2018 Division I First Team All-Ohio selection this past season.
Danielle Cosgrove, a 6'4 forward from Holbrook, New York, attended Sachem East High. Cosgrove averaged a double-double in 21.1 points and 11.7 rebounds to go with her 2.1 blocks.
Cosgrove proved to be just as dangerous on the perimeter as she is around the rim, connecting on 36-of-99 (.364) from three-point range as senior, while converting 52.0 percent from inside the arc.
Both a McDonald's All-America and Miss New York nominee, Cosgrove accumulated 1,573 career points, second most in her school's history, and broke the record for career rebounds with 1,037. Cosgrove tallied an impressive 53 career double-doubles out of a possible 82 games. In addition, Cosgrove tied the school record for 38 points in a single game and set a new single-game rebound record with 22.
With four of the five starters from the 2018 national championship squad returning next season for the Irish, plus the infusion of four talented freshmen to the fold, the future certainly seems bright for Notre Dame and Karen & Kevin Keyes head coach Muffet McGraw.
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