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Indiana standout Taya Reimer, poses with her father, former basketball great Ben Davis after being picked as the national prep basketball female player of the year Monday, March 18, 2013, in Chicago.
As not only a McDonald’s All American — but also the McDonald’s Player
of the Year — Taya Reimer is already one of the most decorated
participants in this year’s games.
After playing Wednesday, April 3 at the United Center, the Hamilton
Southeastern High School senior will be in a class of her own.
Her father, Ben Davis, was a McDonald’s All American in 1991, and the
two of them are the first father/daughter duo to participate in the games.
“It was always a dream of mine to play on the McDonald’s team,” Reimer
said. “My dad was on the team when he was a senior. He played at Kansas and finished his college career out at Arizona.”
Reimer — who is 6-3 and can play both the guard and forward positions
— has signed to play at the University of Notre Dame alongside East
teammate Lindsay Allen.
“The academics was the most important thing,” Reimer said. “Not only
am I going to a school with a good basketball program, but a school
known for having amazing academics. “
Planning on majoring in Film, Television and Theater, Reimer hopes to
get into sports broadcasting when her playing days are over — which
likely won’t be for quite some time.
“My ultimate goal is for us to win a national championship,” Reimer said. “Hopefully more than one. I always wanted to be national player of the year and player of the year in the conference, but above anything else I want to win a championship. I always dreamed of playing in the WNBA and hopefully in the Olympics someday.”
Reimer said her game most closely resembles Candace Parker’s because
of its inside/outside nature.
“She’s so versatile,” Reimer said of Parker. “She plays the guard position a lot and takes advantage of mismatches a lot.”
As far as who the best basketball player in the family is, Reimer
still defers to her old man.
“We’ve actually never played,” Reimer said. “I’m sure he would win. He’s a lot taller than me.”
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