Draft Feature - Kayla McBride
McBride, a 5-foot-11 guard averaging 17.2 points and 5.2 rebounds a game, is the Irish’s second leading scorer behind sophomore, Jewell Loyd. Her high scoring record and national recognition in high school is what got her to Notre Dame.
She helped her high school, Villa Maria Academy in Pennsylvania, to a combined record of 106-15, with two Pennsylvania Class AA state titles in 2009 and 2010, and a state runner-up finish in 2007. She won multiple All-American titles during her senior year, such as 2010 ESPN RISE second-team All-American, 2010 ESPN Hoopgurlz All-American, 2010 MaxPreps fifth-team All-American and 2010 Gatorade Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year.
McBride holds records in boys’ and girls’ career points for Villa Maria Academy in Pennsylvania with 1,727 points, 931 rebounds, 474 assists, 420 steals and 191 blocked shots. McBride has played alongside one of Tulsa Shock’s star players, three-time All-American Skylar Diggins. Diggins left behind big shoes to fill for the Fighting Irish, but McBride is having no trouble defending her legacy. McBride has emerged as one of the nation’s most versatile offensive threats.
Upon her arrival at Notre Dame, McBride appeared in 19 games as a freshman, starting four, while averaging 8.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. She shot 55.7 percent from the field being third highest on the team. After rising as one of the country’s top freshmen at Notre Dame.
In 2011, McBride became the 31st Notre Dame women’s basketball player to score 1,000 points, and ranks first in school history with a 88.4 free-throw percentage--at her current rate, that could make her eighth in NCAA Division I history. McBride is a record-setting athlete, who an opponent should fear. Last season, she managed to be ranked seventh in the Big East in scoring and lead the league in free-throw percentage.
Notre Dame isn’t the only place McBride has been successful, as she is one of six current collegiate athletes who participated in the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp, and was a member of the 2010 USA Basketball U18 National Team that compiled a 5-0 record.
A solid WNBA wing prospect is to shoot above 45 to 47 percent from the field; McBride finished her senior season wth a field-goal percentage of 46.5, averaging 17.6 points per game. Based on statistics, McBride’s drastically enhanced ball handling and scoring efficiency are what make her one of the top prospects for the 2014 WNBA Draft.