Mark Lewis is a national evaluator and photographer for Blue Star Basketball as well as the lead columnist for Blue Star Media. Twice ranked as one of the top 25 Division I assistant coaches in the game by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), he has more than 20 years of college coaching experience at Memphis State, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Western Kentucky and Washington State. Lewis also serves as a member of the prestigious McDonald’s All-American selection committee.
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Chicago, Ill.—The fun continues in the Windy City for the McDonald’s All-Americans. Tuesday’s schedule included a morning practice before moving to the United Center for a session with the press. The afternoon saw both the girl’s team and the boy’s teams scrimmage in final preparations for Wednesday night’s games. The evening had the athletes trading their Adidas gear for dress clothes as they enjoyed the annual banquet and awards program.
As a reminder, the Girl’s McDonald’s All-American Game will tip off at 6 pm central time and the boys will follow at 8:30. ESPNU will broadcast the girl’s contest while ESPN will pick up the boys.
Here are a few practice session photos and a few from Monday night’s Powerade JamFest.
CHICAGO, Ill.—The festivities surrounding the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game are underway and players, families and fans alike are already enjoying the annual highlight of the all-star season. Both teams on the girl’s side, along with their counterparts in the boy’s game, already have two practice sessions under their belts, a trip to the Ronald McDonald House, and have competed in the Powerade JamFest on the campus of the University of Chicago. Tuesday’s schedule will feature another morning practice session, a media luncheon and closed scrimmages in the afternoon followed by a banquet and awards event in the evening. Of course the game itself tips off Wednesday evening at 6 pm central time in the United Center and can be seen on ESPNU. The boy’s game will follow at 8:30 and will be broadcast on ESPN.
To see the all of the selections for the 2013 Girls McDonald’s All-American Game see our announcement coverage at the following link on Blue Star Media
Monday night’s Powerade JamFest offered up two different competitions for the girls. The three point competition saw Kaela Davis, Rebecca Greenwell, Diamond DeShields and Kelsey Plum move on from the first round to a live shootout on ESPNU with Davis taking the crown with 17 followed by Greenwell’s 15, DeShields 14 and Plum’s 12. Boy’s winner Nigel Williams-Goss from Henderson, Nevada got the better of Davis in a one round long range battle of the sexes.
The timed skills competition can be humbling to even the best of players. Jessica Washington, crowd favorite and Chicago native Linnae Harper, Jordan Reynolds and Taya Reimer advanced from the first round to take a second run through the course live on ESPNU. Washington’s 30.7 time easily got past Harper at 35.1, Reynolds at 37.8 and Reimer who came home at 39.7 seconds. While there wasn’t a head to head match up with boy’s winner Demetrius Jackson of Mishawaka, Indiana, Washington’s time was just in front of his 31.1 effort giving the girls bragging rights on the skills side.