Webb's Isaiah Hicks named to McDonald's All American Game roster
Oxford Webb basketball star Isaiah Hicks was among 24 high school seniors players named Thursday to play in the 2013 McDonald's All American Game at the United Center on April 3 (9:30 p.m. ESPN).
Hicks, a 6-foot-9 who has signed with North Carolina, will be joined on the East roster by fellow UNC signee Kennedy Meeks of Charlotte and N.C. State signee Anthony Barber of Hampton, Va.
Duke placed two signees on the West team — Texan Matt Jones and Chicago star Jabari Parker.
No other ACC teams are represented on the team.
Kentucky leads all schools with a record five picks on the team. Florida joins UNC and Duke with two.
The Duke and North Carolina women’s basketball lead all schools with three signees each named among 24 high school seniors to the girls’ 2013 McDonald's All American Game April 3 (7 p.m., ESPNU).
Guard Diamond DeShields of Norcross, Ga., and forward Stephanie Mavunga of Brownsburg, Ind., are future Tar Heels on the East roster and are joined by West team member Jessica Washington, a guard from Jenks, Okla.
All three Duke signees are on the West team and include 6-foot-3 California post players Oderah Chidom and Kendall Cooper and Kentucky’s Rebecca Greenwell, a guard.
Three other ACC schools will have players in the game — Lexie Brown of Maryland, Kaela Davis of Georgia Tech and Kai James of Florida State.
Notre Dame had two players named to the team, as did Kentucky, Stanford and Tennessee.
The rosters for the36th Annual McDonald’s All American Boys Game and 12th Annual Girls Game were unveiled Thursday in a nationally televised event ESPNU.
The annual high school all-star games will be played at Chicago’s United Center on April 3. Rosters, are available at www.mcdaag.com.
The 2013 McDonald’s All American Boys Team will feature top ranked Canadian-born Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep, W.Va.) playing alongside hometown hero Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago,Ill.).
Aaron and Andrew Harrison (William B. Tavis/Richmond, Texas) mark the first set of twins since 2009 — the most recent pairs include David and Travis Wear (UCLA after transfers from North Carolina) in 2009 and Brook and Robin Lopez of Stanford (2006).
The Harrison twins, who will be attending Kentucky, account for two of the McDonald’s All American Games record five boys recruits who will be attending the same school. The others are Dakari Johnson (Montverde Academy/Montverde, Fla.), Marcus Lee (Deer Valley High/Antioch, Calif.) and James Young (Rochester High/Rochester, Mich.).
The previous record of four was shared by Michigan (1991), Duke (1999) and Kentucky (2011).
The girls’ team will feature the first-ever McDonald’s All American Games father/daughter duo with Taya Reimer (Hamilton Southeastern/Indianapolis, Ind.), daughter of Ben Davis (1991).
Freddy Johnson of Greensboro Day School will coach the boys’ East team, while Mike Flaherty of Chicago’s Mt. Carmel High School will lead the boys’ West team. Fred Priester of Oakton High School in Vienna, Va. will coach the girls’ East team, while Anthony Smith of Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School will man the sidelines for the girls’ West squad.
The teams were selected from among more than 800 nominees by the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee, led by chairman Morgan Wootten.
Net proceeds from the Games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Games have raised morethan $10 million for RMHC since 1978.
The Powerade Jam Fest — featuring many of the McDonald’s All-Americans in a skills competition, three-point shootout and dunk contest — will be held at the Gerald Ratner Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Chicago on April 1. The qualifying competitions will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the finals will air live at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.