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McDonald’s All-American Squads Announced

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Photo Caption: Stanford-bound Chiney Ogwumike (Irving MacArthur High School, Irving, TX) headlines the roster of 24 top girls’ basketball high school seniors named to the McDonald’s All-American Team yesterday.

Photo Credit: Courtesy texasgirlsbasketball.com/Jeff Coward

By Lee Michaelson

The two dozen top female high school athletes that will make up the roster for the ninth annual McDonald’s Girls’ All-American team were announced Thursday. The 2010 McDonald’s Girls’ All-American Game is scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 31, at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and will broadcast live on ESPNU.

Past female McDonald’s All-Americans have included such WNBA stars as Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) and NAA standouts Maya Moore (Connecticut) and Glory Johnson (Tennessee). This year’s McDonald’s All American Girls’ Team also boasts an exceptional roster, including Chiney Ogwumike (Cy-Fair High School – Cypress,Texas), the consensus number one prospect in the 2010 class, and Odyssey Sims (Irving MacArthur High School - Irving, TX), who was recently named High School Player of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Also suiting-up for the Girls Team will be such standouts as Kaneisha Horn (Ramsay High School – Birmingham, Ala.), Chelsea Gray (St. Mary’s High School – Stockton, Calif.), Bria Hartley (North Babylon High School – North Babylon, N.Y.) and Natasha Howard (Toledo Waite High School – Toledo, Ohio). (Click on our Read Story link for the complete East and West rosters.)

“Year after year I am impressed with the extraordinary high school talent the McDonald’s All American Games brings to the forefront of the basketball world,” said Alonzo Mourning, captain of the McDonald’s All American Advisory Council. “These young athletes will not only get the chance to become basketball stars of the next generation, but more importantly they will be provided the opportunity to bring attention and raise money for an important cause and learn essential life lessons off the court.”

Proceeds from the 2010 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Girs’ and Boys’ Games will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Central Ohio. Millions of dollars have been raised since the first boys’ game was played in 1978. Every athletes who participates in the games will pay a visit to the local Ronald McDonald House chapter to learn first-hand how the Games benefit the local community.

Tickets to the Games and the associated POWERADE® Jam Fest are available through Ticketmaster online and by phone, (866) 909-GAME.  POWERADE Jam Fest will be held at the Value City Arena on March 29, 2010. The qualifying competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and the finals will air live at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The 24 All-Americans have been divided into the following East and West squads for the Game.

2010 McDonald’s Girls All-American Rosters—East

Player High School Hometown Position Height Weight College
Alicia DeVaughnBlanche Ely H.S., FLPompano Beach, FLCenter6-4170Maryland
Stefanie DolsonMinisink Valley H.S., NYPort Jarvis, NYCenter6-5230Connecticut
Bria HartleyNorth Babylon H.S., NYNorth Babylon, NYGuard5-10150Connecticut
Kaneisha HornRamsay H.S., ALBirmingham, ALForward6-1180Alabama
Natasha HowardToledo Waite H.S., OHToledo, OHForward6-4150Florida State
Maggie LucasGermantown Academy, PANarberth, PAGuard5-9145Penn State
Laurin MincyUniversity H.S., NJNewark, NJGuard6-0140Maryland
Jennifer O’NeillSaint Michael Academy, NYBronx, NYGuard5-6145Kentucky
Hailey PetersPeddie School, NJRed Bank, NJForward6-3160Duke
Ronika RansfordH.D. Woodson Senior H.S., DCWashington, DCGuard5-8130 Georgia
Samarie WalkerChaminade-Julienne H.S., OHWest Carrollton, OHForward6-1195Connecticut

2010 McDonald’s Girls All-American Rosters—West

Player High School Hometown Position Height Weight College
Aaryn EllenbergBishop Gorman H.S., NVLas Vegas, NVGuard5-6118Oklahoma
Karla GilbertA&M Consolidated H.S., TXCollege Station, TXForward6-5208Texas A&M
Chelsea GraySaint Mary’s H.S., CAManteca, CAGuard5-11165Duke
Richa JacksonMidwest City H.S., OKMidwest City, OKForward6-0165Duke
Afure JemerigbeSaint Mary’s H.S., CAStockton, CAGuard5-11160California
Tiffany MooreFrisco H.S., TXFrisco, TXForward5-10145Texas
Chiney OgwumikeCy-Fair H.S., TXCypress, TXForward6-2170Stanford
Theresa PlaisanceVanderbilt Catholic H.S., LAHouma, LACenter6-5180Louisiana State
Lindsay SherbertGreat Oak H.S., CATemecula, CAForward6-1155California
Meighan SimmonsByron P. Steele II H.S., TXCibolo, TXGuard5-9121Tennessee
Odyssey SimsIrving MacArthur H.S., TXIrving, TXGuard5-8145Baylor
Madison WilliamsDetroit Country Day SchoolBerkley, MICenter6-7190Michigan State

MacDonald’s All Americans are selected through an exhaustive process that begins with the gathering of an initial list of some 900-1200 potential candidates by Sports America, Inc. Names are submitted by members of the MacDonald’s All-American Selection Committee, as well as by representatives in each state who follow the prep scene in their geographic areas. Sports America also pulls names of potential candidates from major basketball publications. Sports America then verifies that each of the nominees is an eligible senior in good academic standing, and in this process also asks high school coaches if there are other seniors on their teams who are worthy of consideration. There is no fixed limit on the number of girls who can make the list of nominees.

Sports America then whittles down the nominees to a consensus list of the top 125 players in the nation, and submits that list to the Selection Committee, compromised of high school analysts, prep scouts, reporters, and prestigious basketball coaches and chaired by Coach Morgan Wooten of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. Committee members can add players to the list if they feel the player in question deserves to be included in the Top 100 finalists. According to the Committee, this typically results in a ballot of approximately 150 names.

That ballot (in alphabetical order) is then resubmitted to the Selection Committee, whose members vote for the 50 most deserving players in the nation. The top 100 vote-getters are considered McDonald’s All-American Finalists and the top 50 make it onto the third ballot. In the next round of balloting, Selection Committee members vote for the top 30 players.

The top 30 players, along with any ties, make it onto the final ballot. This time around, the Selection Committee members are asked to vote for 20 players, by position, forming them into East and West teams consisting of two point guards, two shooting guards, two small forwards, and two centers for each team. The top 20 players receiving votes through this process are placed on the roster. Coach Wooten is then allowed to add additional players to the squad from among the next four vote-getters if he feels it is necessary and warranted for the overall good of the Games. This year, it appears that all four of those players were added to the girls’ squads.

There is no specific line that defines the East-West breakdown, and occasionally, when one region has a surfeit of players at a particular position, some realignment of regions is undertaken to promote balance. According to the Committee, it is likely that at least 90 percent of the players will fall in to their natural geographic regions, but “McDonald’s also wants to have the best players in the nation represented.”


Originally published Fri, February 12, 2010

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There are lots of articles but this one is really inventive!I hope that there will be a kind of continuing of it.

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