Florida Signee Laila Reynolds Named McDonald’s All-American

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida signee Laila Reynolds was named a McDonald’s All-American Tuesday afternoon, making her the second athlete in Gators women’s basketball history to earn the honor.

“Today’s announcement that Laila Reynolds has been named a McDonald’s All-American marks a monumental moment for Florida women’s basketball,” the head coach said. kelly rae finley saying. “As a result of Laila’s commitment, sacrifice and dedication to the game, she is being rewarded today. It is always inspiring to see young people achieve their goals while trusting in the process and we look forward to being a part of their continued success. Gator Nation, be sure to tune in on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm on ESPN2!”

Reynolds, the nation’s 19th-ranked recruit, was one of 24 athletes selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game, which will take place in Houston on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm ET. The only other Gator to earn McDonald’s All-American honors was Ronni Williams in 2013, who went on to earn eight spots in the top 15 of the Florida career record book.

“This means a lot to me because of how hard I’ve worked and really maximized the plan and the platform that I have,” Reynolds said. “I’m excited to play and compete against the best, as well as being recognized with the best of the best. I can’t wait to continue to bring a winning culture to Gator Nation.”

During the 2022-23 campaign, the five-star guard continued to shine for Shabach Christian Academy, leading her team to a Nike Tournament of Champions title, where she was named tournament MVP. Reynolds also earned MVP honors at the 2022 Boo Williams Christmas Tournament.

In the fall portion of this season, Reynolds finished as the 2022 Rose Classic Fall League Most Valuable Player. She was named captain of the season at Shabach Christian Academy.

Last season, Reynolds helped lead New Hope Academy to the GEICO National Championship game while averaging 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. She earned the defensive player award for her efforts last season and was named to the first team all-tournament.

In 2021, Reynolds was named to the McDonald’s Basketball Classic All-Tournament team, as well as being named Most Improved Player and winning an Inside Exposure team championship. In the 2019 season, Reynolds was named the She Got Game Classic Pool MVP, while also earning Most Defensive Player and All-Tournament Player honors from the National Association of Christian Athletes.

Florida fans will be able to see Reynolds in action at the McDonald’s All-American game on ESPN2 when the ball is released on March 28 at 6:30 pm ET.

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