KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – All four members of the Tennessee women’s basketball signing class of 2017 are set to compete in the McDonald’s High School All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night.
Rennia Davis, a 6-foot-2 forward (Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault H.S.), Anastasia Hayes, a 5-7 guard (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Riverdale H.S.) and Kasi Kushkituah, a 6-4 post (Austell, Ga./St. Francis H.S.) will play on the East squad, while Evina Westbrook, a 6-0 guard (Salem, Ore./South Salem H.S.) will represent the West team.
Tennessee is the only school with more than two players participating in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game, which will be carried on ESPN2 (5 p.m. ET). This marks only the third time in school history that the Lady Vols have had four or more signees taking part in the event.
The last time it occurred was in 2008, when Alyssia Brewer, Amber Gray, Glory Johnson, Alicia Manning and Shekinna Stricklen gave UT a group of five at the game. In 2004, Nicky Anosike, Alex Fuller, Alexis Hornbuckle, Candace Parker and Sade Wiley-Gatewood gave the Lady Vols their only other McDonald’s class of four or more.
With the addition of the four signees named this year, Tennessee has had 31 total players earn McDonald’s All-American honors. Current team members who played in the game include Diamond DeShields, Jordan Reynolds and Mercedes Russell in 2013; Alexa Middleton and Jaime Nared in 2014 and Te’a Cooper in 2015.
Cooper (co) and Russell were MVPs when they participated. Also among the five Lady Vols to earn MVP honors in the McDonald’s game were Meighan Simmons (2010), Alexis Hornbuckle (2004) and Shanna Zolman (2002).