PLEASANT HOME, AL (WSFA) - In the middle of Pleasant Home basketball practice a towering 6′5″ Florida State signee prepares for area play.
“You don’t call her the exception to the rule because she just stands out,” said head coach Tony Wilson.
River Baldwin was recently named to the McDonald’s All American Game roster with her Head Coach Tony Wilson delivering the big surprise.
“He came in there and had a serious face. He’s very good at that he likes to push my buttons all the time and my heart kinda dropped you know, and I didn’t want to have my hopes up but they obviously were,” River said.
Wilson smiled as he recalled the moment saying, “I still had my good stern face myself and I smiled real big and said you made it!”
“I got kinda disappointed and then he said that and it was just emotion everywhere I couldn’t contain it,” River laughed.
Being placed on a McDonald’s All American Roster is one of the most prestigious honors you can receive as a high school basketball player. Over 800 student athletes from all over the country are nominated and only about 48 actually get to play in the game. River is the only female representing the state of Alabama this year.
“McDonald’s has always been a dream obviously, but I never thought I would get to accomplish that because of where I’m from. I go to a small school. No one’s ever even heard of the town I live in so I never thought that would be possible," River said.
From a small town to the big state, she will be one of the select few to play in the nationally televised game in Atlanta on March 27.