Recap: 2013 McDonald's All-American Game

Recap: 2013 McDonald's All-American Game
Recap: 2013 McDonald's All-American Game

CHICAGO -- The week is over here in the Windy City and the McDonald’s All-American game has come to an end. Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., won MVP honors with her solid effort of 16 points and 12 rebounds on 7 of 10 shooting from the field, helping lead the West to a 92-64 victory.

A majority of the kids from this week’s action will jump on a plane to play in New Orleans on Saturday. will be there to see the second part of the “All-American” week festivities, but until then, here is a look at the action from the 2013 McDonald’s All-American game.

East Standouts

Kaela Davis - Davis came out and got into an offensive groove early. She found ways to get into the lane and get easy baskets around the rim or pull up for jumpers. At halftime she led all scorers in the game with 10 points on five for eight shooting.

Diamond DeShields - DeShields was aggressive throughout the game. She was looking to find her offense and make her impact on the game. As she settled in and managed to get a couple of breakout layups, DeShields found a rhythm and managed to start scoring the ball better. DeShields scored 15 points on 7 of 20 shooting.

Makayla Epps - Epps came off the bench for the East team and scored the ball very well. She was the only player who didn’t start to score in double figures and did so on an impressive five for eight shooting.

West Standouts

Mercedes Russell - Russell did a great job cleaning up the barrage of misses coming off the rim. She grabbed six offensive rebounds and found ways to score easy baskets in around the rim as a result. Her ability to find ways to be effective without being a ball dominator should come in handy at Tennessee next year.

Linnae Harper - After this week, all of the position debates about what Harper is or isn’t can be laid to rest. Harper is a point guard and she is arguably the best one in the class. Harper was effective all week making plays and competing on both sides of the ball. She managed do score eight points here on 4 of 14 shooting, but also tied for the lead in assists with four.

Tyler Scaife - If you want to make an argument against Harper being the best point guard in the class, Scaife would be the best person to put up against her. Scaife was very good here for the West. She scored the ball and created offense. Scaife left the floor tonight with 15 points on 5 of 13 shooting. She also tied Harper for the assists lead with four.

Moore is the National Director of Scouting for the National Scouting Report. He can be reached at

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