Tina Charles Parade Player of the Year

New York's Tina Charles

Christ the King's Tina Charles, a UConn signee, was named Parade Magazine's Player of the Year this week. Four other players from New York and New Jersey were also named All-Americans by the Sunday supplement to many newspapers.

Tina Charles averaged 26.5 points, 14.8 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 4.4 assists this past season. She ended her prep career with 1,400 points and 1,100 rebounds. And she has a 3.82 GPA and scored 1080 on the SAT.

Charles is the second future UConn player to gain this honor. Ann Strother received this award in the spring of 2002. The Colorado native was selected in this past week's WNBA draft by the Houston Comets who traded her to the Phoenix Mercury for the draft rights to Liz Shimek (Michigan State) and Mistie Williams (Duke).

Epiphanny Prince


Joining Charles on the Parade Magazine first team is Epiphanny Prince from New York City's Murry Bergtraum High School. Prince, scoring 33 points in the finals against Francis Lewis HS, led Bergtraum to its eighth straight PSAL championship.

Prince broke Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller's girls' national prep record for most points in one game. The Rutgers' signee created an historic moment during her senior season when she scored 113 points against Louis D. Brandeis H.S. in early February.

Duke signee Bridgette Mitchell from The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. is a member of the Parade All-American second team. Mitchell was the recipient of the Naismith Sportsmanship Award at this year's McDonald's All-America Game.

This past summer, Mitchell played on the 2005 USA Youth Development Festival Blue Team that went undefeated with a 5-0 record. She averaged 12.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.0 assists in five games. Her 12.0 points was the fourth highest average.

Headed to Minnesota this fall is fourth team selection Korinne Campbel from Notre Dame High School in Lawreceville, N.J.

St. John the Baptist's Danielle Wilson joins Campbel on the fourth team. The West Islip, N.Y. native will play at Baylor in 2005-06.

For the complete All-American list, please check The Parade website

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