Kelly Faris is something of folklore around the Heritage Christian (Ind.) girls basketball juggernaut, as the program’s first McDonald’s All-American and WNBA star, and a deciding factor in why Kaitlyn Gilbert chose to join the Eagles’ program for high school.
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And the last couple of years, the Notre Dame-bound guard has had the opportunity to know her on a personal level, taking pointers from her on taking an increased defensive aggression, and being reminded of just how hard the next level of basketball will be.
And so, the magnitude of joining the Heritage legend and former UConn star as the program’s only McDonald’s All-Americans wasn’t lost on her.
“I’m just grateful for the experience,” Gilbert said following a small ceremony where she was presented her McDonald’s All-American jersey before nearly 70 friends and family