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Notre Dame 2017 Recruit Danielle Patterson Named McDonald’s All-American

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Patterson (second to left) with Notre Dame's coaching staff during a visit to the football game with Miami on Oct. 29.

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Notre Dame 2017 recruit Danielle Patterson from the the Mary Louis Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been named to this year’s prestigious McDonald's All-America team.

The 6-2 forward is averaging a 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game. She is the 18th McDonald’s All-American to join the Irish since the boys program was extended to include girls in 2002.

Fighting Irish head coach Muffet McGraw has described Patterson as a “stretch four” who can play effectively along the perimeter on offense and defense, yet also score on the block while aligning in the low post.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s other signee for next year, 6-3 Mikayla Vaughn, is playing at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va. — the No. 1 team in the nation in the espnW, USA Today and MaxPreps polls. She too was a nominee for the McDonald’s All-America team while leading her Panthers to a current run of 34 consecutive wins.

Patterson will be one of eight McDonald’s All-Americans on next year’s roster, matching a school record set this season — Patterson will replace the graduating Lindsay Allen (2013), although certainly not at the point guard position that Allen plays. (That will be taken by Stanford graduate transfer Lili Thompson, a three-time All-Pac-12 selection.)

In 2017-18, though, Patterson will join McDoanld’s All-America Game alumni Erin Boley (2016), Jackie Young (2016), Marina Mabrey (2015), Arike Ogunbowale (2015), Ali Patberg (2015), Brianna Turner (2014) and Kathryn Westbeld (2014) on the Fighting Irish squad.

Signing the duo this past November was important because next season all three of Notre Dame’s frontcourt figures — Turner, Westbeld and Kristina Nelson (provided she is approved for a fifth season) — will be in their final season of eligibility.

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