Ribault girls basketball star Rennia Davis had already stamped her name in the history books long before Sunday night.
But a McDonald’s All-American game selection put Davis on one of the shortest lists in area history, one of the best to play basketball on the First Coast.
Davis, a senior wing player for the Trojans and a University of Tennessee signee, was named a McDonald’s All-American late Sunday night, a career capper that has eluded so many area stars before. She’s just the third local girls basketball product to earn the award, joining former Ribault stars Erica White (2004) and Dorian Williams (2003). Only five area boys players have made the prestigious team, with Udoka Azubuike of Potter’s House as a selection in 2016 the last one.
Now, Davis, a five-star college prospect, becomes the ninth local to earn the honor, the first under Ribault coach Shelia Seymore-Pennick. Both White and Williams earned their selections under hall of fame coach Al Austin.
“I am so excited for this kid and the opportunity to see her childhood dreams come to path on January the 15th,” Seymore-Pennick said in a text message.
Even prior to her selection on Sunday, Davis had put together a career for the record books on the First Coast. She’s averaging a shade under a double-double (26.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg) and recently became the first player at Ribault since Williams in 2003, to surpass the hallowed ground of 2,000 career points. She’s led the Trojans to a pair of state championships, as well as the DICK’s Sporting Goods Invitational title last year. Davis is the reigning All-First Coast player of the year.
A total of 729 players made the final nominees list last week. The 16th annual McDonald’s All-American girls game will be held March 29 in Chicago and televised on ESPNU.
In addition to Davis, former Potter’s House star Rellah Boothe, now at IMG Academy, was also named to the team.