Basketball standout Katie Collier named All-American
Despite her ongoing battle with leukemia, the Seattle Christian standout was named to play in the McDonald's All-American Game March 28 in Chicago.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Katie Collier's story took another turn toward the improbable Thursday.
The Seattle Christian basketball standout, who is averaging almost 15 points a game while fighting acute promyelocytic leukemia, has been named to the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game roster.
"I just feel so honored," Collier said. "I think it's unbelievable that I'm getting this opportunity. I really don't feel like I'm that good of a player to be playing with all these amazing girls. I'm glad somebody thinks so."
The 6-foot-3 post player was one of 24 girls basketball standouts from across the country picked to play in the game. The University of Washington-bound senior was the state's only player, boys or girls, selected and becomes the first McDonald's All-American headed to the Husky women's program.
The game will be March 28 at the United Center in Chicago.
"My whole family is going to come down to Chicago and watch me play," said Collier, who will go through her final treatment about two weeks before the game.
Collier has been working hard to get back into playing shape. After Wednesday's practice, she went to L.A. Fitness to work out a second time.
After being diagnosed in September, she starts her final round of chemotherapy Monday. If things go well, she expects to receive a clean bill of health.
"I should be all cured," Collier said.
Collier scored 21 points in a game against Orting this week. Her performance vaulted her past former teammate Lexi Petersen — now a freshman at Oregon — into first place on the school's career scoring list.
"I didn't know about it until halftime and coach was like, 'You just need five more points and you can break the record,' " Collier said. "I had no idea.
"It's ridiculous. I honestly didn't think it was possible. It really didn't cross my radar, actually. It's unbelievable."
The local basketball community has rallied around Collier with various schools holding fundraisers for the senior. Newport and King's high schools donated proceeds from their Cancer Awareness Nights to Collier to help with her medical bills.
"I just feel so privileged, honestly," Collier said. "It's unbelievable. I didn't realize I made an impression on these people. I just show up and play basketball. It just goes to show how, when times are tough, people really come and support one another."