La Crosse, Wisc. (WXOW)- Lexi Donarski is the fifth player in Wisconsin girls basketball history to be named to the McDonald's All-American team. Donarski is the first player from the Coulee Region to receive this prestigious honor. The McDonald's All-American team is made up of 24 of the best girls basketball players in the country.
The McDonald's All-American roster was announced on the Jump ESPN on January 16th. However, Lexi was in school at the time of the live announcement.
"I was in class, and I got a text from my mom saying I made it," Lexi said.
"Phones started blowing up, and we're like 'oh my god it actually came true'," Lexi's Father and Coach Dave Donarski said.
Lexi will get the opportunity to play along side the best girls basketball players in the country. Many of whom she already knows from the Steph Curry Elite Camp last summer.
"The whole thing's just a surreal experience that I've been able to play a lot with a great high school team, and now I'm going to be able to go and play with the best girls in the nation too, it's going to be a lot of fun," Lexi said.
"You're going to get to play against kids that not only are the best kids in the class, some of those kids will play in the WNBA, which is pretty wild to think about, so I think those will be ever-lasting memories, and I think as a kid you don't really understand that impact, and I'd say 3,4,5,15 years from now it'll sink in even more about how crazy cool that was," Dave added.
Lexi shares so many accomplishments with her dad and coach who has been there every step of her career.
"He's always believed in me and he knew that it was possible, and he was just really excited that it happened," Lexi said.
"It was emotional," Dave said. "Still is a little bit. Doesn't seem like that could be real. She's put in so much time to get to that level, and I think about the years when she's a 10-year-old, and she's making 10,000 shots in the summer, three years later she's making 20,000, so she just has an incredible drive, and it's a testament to how much time she's put in and the people around her have been incredibly supportive," Dave said.
In addition to Lexi's determination to be great, the Donarskis credit the community for getting her to this point.
"I just want to thank all of my coaches," Lexi said. "Nick Levy, my AAU coach, has done a lot to get me to this point, and my parents and all of my high school coaches, younger coaches and all that that have helped me get to this point. I want to thank all of my teammates for being the best teammates ever and helping me improve as a player and a person."
Lexi also becomes the first Iowa State signee to be selected to the McDonald's All-American team. Donarski is destined for success as a Cyclone.