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Future Illini Wallace lands McDonald's All-American nod

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CHAMPAIGN — The hype continues to build for Berry Wallace's arrival on the Illinois campus next summer.

The Class of 2024 signee for Shauna Green's Illini women's basketball team landed another honor on Tuesday when it was announced the five-star wing and top-25 recruit, according to ESPN.com's HoopGurlz rankings, was named to the McDonald's 2024 All-American Game roster.

Wallace is rated 20th nationally by ESPN and is in the midst of her senior season at Pickerington (Ohio) Central. The 6-foot-1 guard/forward averaged 15.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks as a junior last season. Her senior season stats were not available.

"(With Wallace), what their family was about was relationships, and we have known them for a long time," Green said on Nov. 8 after Wallace signed her letter of intent to join the Illini for the 2024-25 season. "They've trusted us. They've seen our product, followed it at Dayton for all those years, so I think that was a little bit different with our kids (in 2024) where we are talking about having signed."

Wallace is the third player in Illinois program history to earn a spot on the McDonald's All-American Game roster. The last Illini signee to play in the game was Chatrice White in 2014. Destiny Williams was the first, doing so in 2009.

The McDonald's All-American Game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff on April 2 at the Toyota Center in Houston with ESPN2 airing it.

Wallace was one of 24 girls' basketball players selected to the roster.