2012 mcdonald's all-americans players named

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The McDonald’s All American Games unveiled the official rosters for the 35th Annual McDonald’s All American Boys Game and 11th Annual Girls Game. The games return back to Chicago on March 28 at Chicago’s United Center.

Locally, Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck, Niles West’s Jewell Loyd and Young’s Janee Thompson were selected to play  in the McDonald’s All-American girls basketball games.

Thompson will play for the East team, while Tuck and Loyd will team up for the West.
The 6-foot-2 Tuck, a Connecticut recruit, led Bolingbrook to three straight Class 4A state titles in her first three years of high school and has helped the Raiders to a 21-1 record this season. She became the first freshman to be selected Ms. Basketball of Illinois in 2009 and is a three-time Tribune All-State first team selection. She will join future UConn teammates Moriah Jefferson of Texas and Breanna Stewart of New York in the game.


Loyd, a 5-10 guard headed to Notre Dame, is a two-time Tribune All-State first team selection and is approaching 3,000 career points. Future Notre Dame teammate Michaela Mabrey of New Jersey also was a McDonald’s selection.

After sitting out much of last season with a knee injury, Thompson has led Young to a 26-0 record this season. The 5-7 Kentucky-bound guard scored 16 points to help Young to its fourth straight Chicago Public League championship Saturday.

Tuck and Loyd were also selected to play in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America game.

It is the second time since the McDonald's girls game started in 2002 that three Chicago-area athletes were selected. Fenwick’s Alison Jackson and Devereaux Peters and New Trier’s Amy Jaeschke were McDonald’s All-Americans in 2007.

Here is a full list of all Illinois nominees ~click here!

Locally the boys were shutout, with no making the team. The only one nominee, from Illinois, Steve Taylor from Simeon.

Check out complete rosters at mcdonaldsallamerican.com

The girls game will be played at 6 p.m. on March 28, and the boys game will follow at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-866-909-GAME.

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