Feb. 15, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Lady Vols will be represented once again in the McDonald's All-American Game, as two basketball signees will play for West in the 12th annual girls' game on April 3 in Chicago.
The annual high school all-star event will be played at the United Center, and signees Mercedes Russell, a 6-foot-6 center from Springfield (Ore.) High School, and Jordan Reynolds, a 5-11 guard from Central Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., are slated to be on hand. The girls' game begins at 6 p.m. Central time and will be broadcast live by ESPNU.
Since 1978, more than 1,100 players have competed in the McDonald's All-American Games, forming an elite list of some of the top names in basketball history.
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Russell also is among the top 20 high school senior girls' basketball players who have been selected to compete in the 2013 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by NIKE.
The 22nd annual High School All-America Game, which is held as part of the WBCA National Convention, will be played on April 6 at the New Orleans Arena, site of the 2013 NCAA® Women's Final Four®. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. CT.
For the fourth consecutive year, the game will be played on the official NCAA Women's Final Four court. The 20 players will be divided into two 10-player teams for the game, which will be played according to NCAA rules.
While she won't be playing in the game, Reynolds was one of 20 players named WBCA All-America honorable mention.
They are joined in the 2012 fall signing class by 6-0 guard Jannah Tucker of Randallstown, Md. Tucker is sitting out her senior season after suffering a knee injury over the summer while playing with USA Basketball in the U18 Championships.