Posted: 6:39 pm Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Dwyer’s Kai James plays in McDonald’s All-American Game 

By Matt Porter

Dwyer senior Kai James boldly went where one other Palm Beach County female had gone before.
James, a 6-foot-5 post headed to Florida State, played for the East team in Wednesday’s girls McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago. The game was televised live on ESPNU.

Wearing the same No. 0 as her brother, North Carolina freshman forward Joel James, James started at center for the East team. She played 18 min and put up one point (from a free throw), one assist and four rebounds. She had a block and a steal in the opening minutes.

Helped by 16 points and 12 rebounds from James’ Team USA teammate, Tennessee-bound post Mercedes Russell, the West won 92-64.

James became the second area girl to play in the game, which is in its 12th season. The first, Benjamin grad Erlana Larkins (2004), now plays for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.

In footage provided by the McDonald’s All-America Game/Smith & Knibbs, James practices in Chicago this week in advance of the game.

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