Manhattan's Carr, Worthington named McDonald's All-American nominees

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Normally, basketball selection shows don't draw attention until March.

On Tuesday, the Manhattan basketball community will be focused on ESPN as the McDonald's All American teams will be announced.

The Indians girls team has two nominees: Chrissy Carr and Megan Worthington.

"We really appreciate when girls get recognized like that," Manhattan coach Scott Mall said. "Both of [them] are outstanding players, outstanding girls, and obviously a big part of our team. It's nice to see them get that recognition."

"I had no idea I was even a part of that until Chrissy came up to me at school and said, 'look at our basketball twitter, you made the list,'" Worthington said. "

Carr, the 22nd-ranked recruit in the country according to ESPN, is committed to play at Kansas State next year. She says being a McDonald's All American is something she's thought about for a few years.

"It's something I've been looking forward to since I was in 8th grad," Carr said. "It would mean a lot. I would probably cry."

According to Mall, Carr is averaging 17 points and more than three assists per game. He says Worthington, a forward committed to play at Southwest Baptist, is at 10 points and five rebounds per game.

"Megan is really good inside and out," Mall said. "She's shooting really well lately. From the inside, she's shooting about 75 percent on two-point shots."

He added that Carr's length and athleticism makes her even tougher for opponents to prepare for.

"She's a shooter, but she really adds a lot of driving to our game," Mall said. "She's really worked hard on her defense. She gets a lot of deflections and a lot of steals."

The Indians are 7-1 this season, beating teams by an average of more than 32 points per game.

"They're very competitive," Mall added.

Both seniors started their high school careers in other states. Carr transferred from Eden Prairie in Minnesota when her father, Chris, accepted a job on Jeff Mittie's staff at Kansas State. It's her third school in four years.

Worthington first played in Maryville, Mo. before moving to Manhattan.

If the Indians can defend their state title, Carr will end her high school career with three state championships from two different schools (plus a 3rd place finish at another high school in Minnesota).

"It's hard to make sure that your team is ready for what's coming," Carr said. "We're doing our best job to try to work towards our goal."

Carr and Worthington will find out if they made the McDonald's All American team on Tuesday at 2 p.m. on The Jump on ESPN.