Springfield's Russell named to McDonald's All-American Team

Springfield's Russell named to McDonald's All-American Team
Springfield center Mercedes Russell (21) defends a shot by Willamette during the OSAA Class 5A high school state basketball championship final, Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. Springfield won 16-7. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Ross William Hamilton) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – Kailee Johnson and Jordan Reynolds of Central Catholic High School and Mercedes Russell of Springfield High School joined the ranks of high school basketball's elite today with their selection to the 2013 McDonald’s All American Girls West Team. Announcement of Johnson, Reynolds and Russell’s selections came during a February 14 Selection Show on ESPNU.
 
The 36th Annual Boys Game will tip-off on Wednesday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. CT from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 12th Annual Girls Game will precede the Boys Game, beginning at 6 p.m. CT and will broadcast live on ESPNU. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME.
 
Johnson, Reynolds and Russell will join 23 other top female prep players throughout the country. Johnson averages 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks per game and is set to attend Stanford next season. Reynolds averages 18 points, four rebounds and four assists per game and is set to attend Tennessee next season. Russell averages 25 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and five blocks per game, and is also set to attend Tennessee next season. Final Team rosters are available at www.mcdaag.com.
 
“Having three All-American basketball players from Oregon is incredible. These women have worked hard to become standouts in their sport, and to be recognized as All Americans is an impressive accomplishment,” said Karen Fitzgerald, President of McDonald’s of Oregon and SW Washington. “They should be proud of their hard work and dedication. We are excited to watch them play on April 3.”
 
Johnson, Reynolds and Russell now join an impressive list of players who have played in the McDonald’s All American Games – A Basketball Rite of Passage - including: Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Alonzo Mourning, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Candace Parker and Maya Moore.  Past Oregon All Americans include Kristen Forristall (Oregon*), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Terrence Jones (Houston Rockets), Kyle Singler (Detroit Pistons), Michael Dunleavy Jr. (Milwaukie Bucks), Aaron Miles (Golden State Warriors*), Charles Sitton (Dallas Mavericks*) and Kyle Wiltjer (Kentucky).
 
Net proceeds from the Games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). The Games have raised more than $10 million for RMHC since 1978. All 48 players will have a chance to visit a local Ronald McDonald House® during Game Week in Chicago. For more information, visit www.rmhccni.org.
 
Johnson is the daughter of Britta and Jacob Johnson in Portland. Reynolds is the daughter of Kim Reynolds, Mark James and Gary Thomas in Portland. Russell is the daughter of Tammy Hill and Lorenzo Russell in Springfield. Reynolds and Johnson’s high school coach is Sandy Dickerson. Russell’s high school coach is Bill Wagner.