The McDonald's All-American Game is returning to the United Center on April 2 and will be highlighted by three Chicago-area selections for the boys' game.
Curie power forward Cliff Alexander (Kansas), Whitney Young center Jahlil Okafor (Duke) and Marian Catholic point guard Tyler Ulis (Kentucky) all earned the prestigious honor of playing in the McDonald's All-American Game, as the rosters were announced on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-10 Okafor and 5-foot-9 Ulis will play for the West team while the 6-foot-9 Alexander will run with the East team.
Kentucky and Duke lead this year's McDonald's game with four recruits this year while North Carolina has three.
The state of Texas leads this year's McDonald's All-American Game with five participants while the Midwest is well represented with three players from Minnesota (Tyus Jones, Reid Travis and Rashad Vaughn), two from Indiana (Trey Lyles and James Blackmon, Jr.), one from Wisconsin (Kevon Looney) and one from Kentucky (D'Angelo Russell).
The McDonald's game will also feature two uncommitted players including Vaughn — playing his senior season at Findlay Prep in Nevada — and Texas-native Myles Turner, a 6-foot-11 center.
Alexander, Okafor and Ulis are all CSN Chicago Preps Player of the Year candidates and all three players are off to outstanding starts for top-10 teams in the current CSN Preps Power Rankings.
Other McDonald's All-American nominees from Illinois this season included Springfield Lanphier's Larry Austin Jr. (Tennessee), Normal U-High’s Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State), Morgan Park's Josh Cunningham (undecided), St. Rita’s Vic Law (Northwestern), St. Rita’s Dominique Matthews (undecided), North Chicago’s JayQuan McCloud (Murray State) and the Whitney Young duo of Miles Reynolds (St. Louis) and Paul White (Georgetown).
The girls' McDonald's All-American Game didn't included any local players this year.
The girls' nominees from Illinois included 2013 Ms. Basketball of Illinois, Mount Carmel, Ill.'s Tyra Buss (Indiana), Homewood-Flossmoor’s Amarah Coleman (Illinois), Edwardsville’s Kortney Dunbar (Tennessee), Whitney Young’s Khaalia Hillsman (Texas A&M), Rolling Meadows' Jackie Kemph (St. Louis) and Joliet Catholic’s Jasmine Lumpkin (Michigan State).
The 2014 McDonald's All-American Game will mark the fourth consecutive time the game is being held at the United Center in Chicago. The girls game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip-off while the boys game will tip at 8:30 p.m.