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January 29, 2014

Dudgeon, selected as nominee for McDonald’s All-American Game

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Dudgeon, selected as nominee for  McDonald’s All-American Game
Macomb Dakota’s Rio Dudgeon, right, is pictured during a game against Utica Ford II. Dudgeon was selected as a nominee for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game.

It has been quite a year for Macomb Dakota girls basketball player Rio Dudgeon.

Aside from earning a full-ride scholarship to play for Oakland University, more recently, Dudgeon, who plays small forward, learned that she has been selected as a nominee for the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game.

High school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee nominate players.

Although accomplishing that feat is something Dudgeon indicated she aspired to, it doesn’t mean she wasn’t caught off guard when she realized she was selected as a nominee.

“Completely in shock,” Dudgeon said of her reaction. “I had no idea. I never expected to be nominated like that. When I saw my name on there, I didn’t even know what to think — such an honor.”

According to a release by Oakland, Dudgeon was rated by ESPN as the 68th best player at her position in the 2014 recruiting class. She was also ranked as the 81st best senior in the Midwest.

Dudgeon’s accolades at Dakota have included being selected All-League and All-County.

Dudgeon shared some thoughts about what this year has been like.

“It’s been a lot of hard work, hard practices, lot of time in the gym, a lot of traveling,” she said. “It all paid off. I got to go to the college where I wanted to go, and then being nominated — it’s an honor.”

Dakota coach Phil McCune offered his thoughts as to how Dudgeon put herself in position to be nominated.

“She put a lot of hard work in her basketball game,” he said. “She loves the game of basketball, and spent countless hours shooting shots in the drive way and doing all the things she needed to do to get where she’s at. Also, a lot of time playing travel basketball, which helped her tremendously, too.”

For as well as things have already gone for her during her basketball career, receiving an accolade of this magnitude could help to give Dudgeon even more confidence as she moves forward with her career, both at Dakota and Oakland.

Aside from leaving Dakota with what is likely to be a lot of positive memories, Dudgeon has also given some thought regarding her future with Oakland’s basketball program.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I’m definitely looking forward to playing for coach (Jeff) Tungate at Oakland, doing really well in school and continuing my career.”

The McDonald’s All-American Game is April 2 at the United Center in Chicago. The final team is scheduled to be revealed during the McDonald’s All-American Game Selection Show Jan. 29, after press time, on ESPNU.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.