Cathedral Catholic standout Ice Brady named McDonald’s All-American

Cathedral Catholic High’s Isuneh “Ice” Brady blocks Bonita Vista High’s Kaylyn Buchanon-Lamb
Cathedral Catholic High’s Isuneh “Ice” Brady blocks Bonita Vista High’s Kaylyn Buchanon-Lamb in CIF Open Division basketball championships on Saturday, June 12, 2021.
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UConn-bound star is just 13th player from San Diego Section to be named to the game


Isuneh “Ice” Brady, the 6-foot-4 senior center at Cathedral Catholic, became the 13th player — seventh girl — in the history of the San Diego Section to be named to play in the McDonald’s All-American Basketball Game when the teams were announced Tuesday, Jan. 25.

“I’m more than a little excited,” Brady said. “I pay attention to who gets named to the game, but today’s announcement snuck up on me. We were at lunch as a team when the announcement came down, so I was little surprised. Really, this is awesome.”

Brady joins Brandon McCoy, who played in the 2017 boys game, as the only players from Cathedral Catholic to be named a McDonald’s All-American.

“I’m very aware of the players from San Diego who have been in the game,” Brady said. “I’m in some great company, for sure. ... I’m very proud to represent San Diego, very proud to represent Cathedral Catholic.”

The games, played in an East vs. West format, will be March 29 in Chicago and feature 12-player teams for each side — a total of 48 players from across the nation.

The girls play at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The boys play at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Brady, who has signed to play at UConn, is the driving force behind Cathedral Catholic’s success.

The Dons are 13-3 this season and ranked No. 2 in San Diego and No. 7 in the state. Cathedral Catholic recently played in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., beating Springfield Central 72-31.

After the game, the Dons went to a UConn game.

“That was a great experience, something I could share with my teammates,” Brady said.

Brady is averaging 19.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists this season. The Dons are 80-26 in Brady’s four years on the varsity.

San Diego history in McDonald’s All-American Game


Jaylen Hands, Foothills Christian, 2017

Brandon McCoy, Cathedral Catholic, 2017

TJ Leaf, Foothills Christian, 2016

Chase Budinger, La Costa Canyon. 2006 (co-MVP with Kevin Durant)

Jelani McCoy, St. Augustine, 1998

Michael Pitts, Sweetwater, 1978


Isuneh “Ice” Brady, Cathedral Catholic, 2022

Te-hina Paopao, La Jolla Country Day, 2020

Destiny Littleton, Bishop’s, 2017

Dejonai Carrington, Horizon Christian, 2016

Kelsey Plum, La Jolla Country Day, 2013

Charde Houston, San Diego, 2004

Candice Wiggins, La Jolla Country Day, 2004