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Monday, April 1, 2013
Kaela Davis, Jessica Washington show off skills

By Andrew Linnehan

CHICAGO -- High school basketball's version of All-Star Weekend kicked off Monday night at the POWERADE Jam Fest at the University of Chicago's Gerald Ratner Athletics Center. Featured in the festivities were 24 of the best high school girls basketball players in country, putting their individual skills on display before Wednesday night's McDonald's All American Games at the United Center.

3-point shootout

Georgia Tech signee Kaela Davis poured in 17 points in the final round of the long-distance shooting contest, and none of the other finalists could catch her.

North Carolina commit Diamond DeShields of Norcross (Ga.),Cal-bound Kelsey Plum of La Jolla Country Day (Calif.) and Duke signee Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic (Ky.) had also advanced from the qualifier.

Davis' 17 points were not only best in the finals, but also the highest girls score of the night. The 6-foot-2 guard has been out of action since January, when she decided to sit out the rest of her senior season to get treated for Meniere's disease, an inner-ear disorder characterized by hearing loss and vertigo.

Davis' perimeter expertise is something that her father, Antonio Davis, a long-time NBA big man, is unfamiliar with.

"His big thing was to stay calm and breathe," Davis said of her father, who was in attendance. "He could tell that I was nervous so he was just telling me that everything will be all right."

Skills competition

North Carolina commit Jessica Washington of Jenks (Okla.) glided through the obstacle course in the finals of the skills competition, beating fellow finalists Jordan Reynolds, Taya Reimer and Linnae Harper. Her time of 30.7 seconds was even faster than the boys champion, Demetrius Jackson, who completed the course in 31.1 seconds.

"I am only the fourth girl out of Oklahoma to ever attend the McDonald's game," said Washington, a 5-8 point guard. "So regardless of winning, it just feels really special to be here."

The lone undecided

Ieshia Small, a 6-foot wing from Florida (Fla.) plans to have her big McDonalds moment later in the week when she announces which college she will attend in the fall. Small, the No. 19 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2013 class, is the only one of the 24 McDonald's All Americans without an official commitment.

"I'm not trying to get attention or anything like that," Small said. "I just felt like I had to make a couple of final decisions and that this week was a good time to decide."