Taya Reimer named Morgan Wootten POY
Next month Taya Reimer will become half of the first father-daughter duo to compete in the McDonald's All-American games.
On Monday, the Notre Dame signee became the first girls' basketball player from Indiana to win the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award.
"I just feel extremely blessed," she said at a news conference in Chicago, which will host the 2013 McDonald's All-American games.
The 6-foot-3 forward from Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.) is the daughter of former NBA player Ben Davis, who played in the McDonald's game in 1991.
Reimer, who averaged 21.1 points and 8.0 rebounds as a senior, will represent the East squad in the 12th annual girls' game on April 3 (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU) at the United Center. She will team up with fellow Morgan Wootten finalists Lexie Brown (Maryland), Kaela Davis (Georgia Tech) and Diamond DeShields (North Carolina). The other finalists for the award were Mercedes Russell (Tennessee) and Linnae Harper (Kentucky), who will play for the West squad.
Reimer, who has gone up against plenty of quality competition on her way to becoming her high school's all-time leading scorer and winning two gold medals with USA Basketball, says she and her dad have never gone one-on-one. And she's not sure who would come out on top if they did.
"It'd be a good game," she said.
Past winners of the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award include Breanna Stewart (2012), Maya Moore (2007), Tina Charles (2006) and Candace Parker (2004). The award, named after the Hall of Fame coach, recognizes players both on and off the court.