Last year, it was Putnam City’s Xavier Henry who seemed to get all the honors for the basketball season. This year, Midwest City standout Richa Jackson is raking in all the accolades.
Earlier this month, the 6-foot-1 Jackson was the lone Oklahoma player named to the McDonald’s All-America team. Then she earned state tournament Most Valuable Player in leading the Bombers to the Class 6A state championship March 13 in Tulsa. Jackson added another honor this week. She was named to the Parade All-America Girls First Team. "I’m very excited about it,” Jackson said. "I’m very proud of myself. I’ve worked a long time for this.” Jackson is one of 10 players to earn first-team honors, which will be released in the March 28 edition of the magazine. Parade can be found each Sunday in The Oklahoman. She found out Saturday, after getting calls from some of her friends, who had learned of the honor before Jackson got official word. The Parade Players of the Year are Chelsea Gray of Stockton, Calif., and Chiney Ogwumike of Cypress, Texas. Gray, like Jackson, is a Duke signee. Both Gray and Ogwumike will be teammates of Jackson’s in the McDonald’s game March 31 in Columbus, Ohio.