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Thursday, January 29, 2009

McDonald's State Nominees

Here is a list of the 20 high school basketball players that have been nominated for the 2009 McDonald’s All American Boys and Girls Basketball Teams.

As nominees, they will be considered for one of the 48 available positions on the two teams which will compete in April.

The following Connecticut high school basketball players were nominated:

‰ Anthony Ireland (Crosby High School, Waterbury)
‰ Daryl McCoy (Hartford Public High School, Hartford)
Jeremy Moore (Hillhouse High School, New Haven)
‰ Dan Jennings (St. Thomas More Preparatory School, Oakdale)
‰ Anthony Simmons (Suffield Academy, Suffield)
‰ Matthew Edwards (Suffield Academy, Suffield)
‰ Pierce Edwards (Suffield Academy, Suffield)
‰ Jordan Williams (Torrington High School, Torrington)
‰ Adrian Satchell (Windsor High School, Windsor)
‰ Steven Samuels (Windsor High School, Windsor)


‰ Lindsay Horbatuck (Avon High School, Avon)
‰ Carly Thibault (East Lyme High School, East Lyme)
Anisha Wilson (Hill Regional Career Magnet School, New Haven)
Bianca Simmons (Mercy High School, Middletown)
Rachel Roberts (Mercy High School, Middletown)
‰ Nikkia Smith (Montville High School, Montville)
‰ Symone Roberts (New Britain High School, New Britain)
Molly Yardley (Our Lady of Mercy Lauralton Hall, Milford)
Chantell Alford (Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven)
‰ Amie Toner (Windham High School, Willimantic)

Of the 2,500 boys and girls nominated, 48 principal players (24 boys and 24 girls) will be chosen for each team and will be announced in mid-to-late February at a selection show. These players will compete in the tip-off of the McDonald’s All American Games at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Florida on Wednesday, April 1, 2009. The Girls game will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will air on ESPNU, while the Boys game will start at 8 p.m. and will air live on ESPN. Broadcast times are subject to change.

The majority of nominees are identified by the McDonald’s All American State Contact Committee, a network of high school basketball newspaper reporters and recruiting analysts with a representative for both boys and girls in all 50 states. High school basketball coaches can also nominate high school seniors through by contacting Sports America, Inc. The players’ head coaches are contacted to verify players’ elite status and good academic standing, ensuring that all top athletes nationwide are recognized. The voting process for the final McDonald’s All American Team is conducted by the Selection Committee, which is comprised of high school sports analysts, prep scouts, newspaper reporters and prestigious basketball coaches.


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