The McDonald's All-American committee has named Taya Reimer the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year. The 6-3 forward from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Indianapolis, accepted the award at the Ronald McDonald's House in Chicago along with the boys winner Jabari Parker. Lexie Brown, Kaela Davis, Diamond DeShields, Linnae Harper and Mercedes Russell were finalists for the prestigous award.
Reimer, ranked No. 4 in the Full Court Fresh 50, averaged 21.1 points, eight rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this season as she led Hamilton Southeastern to a 19-4 record and a second-round appearance in the Indiana State Playoffs. Reimer is also a decorated USA Basketball athlete who won gold in both the 2012 FIBA World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.
Reimer, who will attend Notre Dame, is the daughter of 1991 McDonald's All-American Ben Davis. The pair makes up the first father-daughter duo in the history of the McDonald's games. Off the court, Reimer is a writer for her high-school newspaper and a youth basketball coach.
The Player of the Year (POY) Award, named after DeMatha High School coaching legend Morgan Wootten, recognizes the nation’s top male and female players who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership, and embodies the values of being a student-athlete in both schoolwork and community affairs. Past winners include Elizabeth Williams, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Candace Parker, among others who have gone on to highly successful college and professional careers.
Reimer will play in the the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game on April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.
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