May 25, 2012
Kristen Gaffney's basketball accolades continue to roll in.
The Green Hope forward was named a PARADE All-American this week, joining some of the nation's top girls basketball players.
At 6-foot-1, Gaffney averaged 28 points her senior season for the Falcons. She has averaged more than 25 points per game or more since her sophomore season.
A three-time Associated Press All-State selection, Gaffney was the AP Player of the Year for North Carolina this year. She was also named the NC Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year for the state.
Gaffney has committed to play college basketball at Vanderbilt next fall.
"I'm just blessed for the coaches and teammates I've had these four years at Green Hope," Gaffney told the Associated Press in March. "I know these next four years of my career, I'll have some really good memories, too. And hopefully at Vanderbilt, I'll stay injury-free."
Gaffney's junior and senior seasons ended in the playoffs with injuries to her ankle and knee. She is currently rehabbing her knee after tearing her ACL against Hillside, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Tiffany Mitchell, a 5-foot-11 guard from Charlotte's Providence Day School, was also named to to the PARADE All-American team. Mitchell, a South Carolina recruit, is the only other player from North Carolina to make the list.