Local girls basketball standout Kianna Wynn has been added to the East roster for the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star game, set for Monday in Greensboro.
The recent East Wake High School graduate and Barton College signee was promoted to the East squad last Monday after a member of roster announced they were unable to attend the showcase.
Wynn was an alternate selection for the team who could have just as easily been included in the original list, according to Marlon Lee, 10-year Clayton High girls basketball coach who is co-leading the East team.
“We really could have gone either way in the selection,” Lee said. “We knew if one (player) wasn’t going to be able to make, it was going to be (Wynn).”
Wynn, a forward, was a four-year starter at East Wake, where she also played volleyball and competed in track and field.
She competed at upperclassman-like levels on the basketball court from her freshman year onward, posting 1,283 points and 749 rebounds in her career for the Warriors. She was named All Greater Neuse River 4A Conference for her final two basketball seasons and earned team MVP honors her senior year.
Wynn said she had her sights set on the All-Star Game since her junior year.
“Last year I said I wanted to get into the game,” she said. “I watched it and wanted to be part of those teams. God blessed me with the opportunity to play in the game.
“I never thought I’d play a game this big. I was just excited and shocked about the whole thing.”
Wynn and Southeast Raleigh’s Amber Richardson are the two players from the Greater Neuse on the East roster.
“I’ve seen (Wynn) play for four years and I’m glad we were able to pick her up – another young lady representing the Greater Neuse River Conference,” Lee said. “She’s a beast on the boards. She’s does a good job getting those rebounds and putting it back up and in.”
It will be Lee’s first time coaching in the All-Star event. He’ll be following in the footsteps of his former Smithfield-Selma coach, Carl Spragins, and his former St. Augustine’s coach, the late Norvell Lee.
After a weekend of practices and a banquet Sunday evening, the girls All-Star game is set for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The boys game will follow at 8:30.