Beatrice Mompremier has often been mentioned among the top girls’ basketball players to ever play in Miami-Dade County.
Mompremier earned another special distinction Wednesday night.
Shortly before stepping on the court for Miami High’s district semifinal playoff against Miami Beach, Mompremier found out she had been selected to play in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.
“I was excited when I heard, and I just felt blessed,” Mompremier said. “It’s a great opportunity for me, and I can’t wait to play against some of the other great talent that will be in the game.”
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Mompremier, a 6-4 Baylor University signee, joined Sylvia Fowles (2004), who played for Gulliver and Miami Edison in high school, LSU in college and currently plays for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, and former Monsignor Pace and Rutgers standout Chelsey Lee (2008) as the only Miami-Dade County players to make the roster for the girls’ game.
Mompremier is also only the sixth player all-time from Dade or Broward to be selected to play in the game.
Two other local girls’ stars — Deerfield Beach’s Victoria Hadler and Fort Lauderdale Dillard’s Jamesha Paul — were nominated but not selected.
Only three Broward players have ever been chosen — Erica Brown (Dillard 2005), Erica Wheeler (Parkway Academy 2009) and Alicia DeVaughn (Blanche Ely 2010).
“It’s amazing, and she’s so deserving of this opportunity,” Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten said. “She’s constantly been all about her team in her time here at Miami High. I’m so proud of her.”
Mompremier has started for the Stingarees since her freshman season and led them to a state championship and a state runner-up finish during her career.
This season, Mompremier has led Miami High to a 22-3 record heading into Wednesday night’s game and recently a third consecutive GMAC title. The Stingarees are considered a favorite to repeat as state champions in Class 8A.
Last season, Mompremier was a vital part of Miami High ascending to a No. 19 national ranking by USA Today and earning an invitation to the National High School Basketball Invitational in New York.
Miami High lost in the semifinals of the event to Fremont (Utah). Baumgarten said the loss and the poor performance left Mompremier yearning for a chance at redemption in the national spotlight.
On Wednesday, she got it.
“[Getting into this game] was one of her individual goals coming into the season,” Baumgarten said. “She’s focusing on our district game right now, but I know she’s really happy to be chosen because this is one of those games she wants to play in to make amends for what happened in New York last year.”
BOYS SHUT OUT
No boys from South Florida were selected to the game.
Weston Sagemont’s Prince Ali, Pembroke Pines Charter’s Haanif Cheatham, Plantation American Heritage’s Keyshawn Evans, Monsignor Pace’s Charles Fisher, Blanche Ely’s Therrell Gosier, Zion Lutheran’s Keith Stone, and Pine Crest’s Antonio Vrankovic were the local players nominated.