2014 Illinois McDonald's AlL-American Game Roster

by Prez Ro, Matteson, IL
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Chicagoland (Illinois) area will have "three" players in the 37th annual Boys McDonald's All-American game, Kansas-bound Cliff Alexander, Duke-bound Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky recruit Tyler Ulis. And all three were selected to the starting lineups.

“To be able to be in the same limelight as some other guys who have been in the McDonald's game is something I'm very proud of,” Okafor said. “Me and Tyler always talked about playing together.

“I used to try to get him to play (AAU) with the Fire, and he tried to get me to Meanstreets. When we were freshmen and sophomores, I was trying to get him to Whitney Young and he was trying to get me to Marian Catholic.”

AAU play helped Ulis make a name for himself nationally by outplaying Jones this summer, and Kentucky offered him not long after.

“I've always dreamed of this,” Ulis said. “My mom has been talking about this game since I was 2 years old. Especially at my size, I'm not a typical guard to make this game. I think I'm the smallest ever to make it.”

For whatever reason, the committee didn't select any girls from Illinois in the 13th Annual Girls game despite the record-setting play of Mount Carmel’s Tyra Buss.

The 2013 Illinois Ms. Basketball is averaging better than 45 points a game and is on pace to break the single-season state record of 1,285 she set last season. An Indiana recruit, Buss is Illinois’ career scoring leader with more than 4,000 points.

“I'm disappointed not making the team, but I felt very honored to be nominated for the game,” Buss said. “Some people ... haven't seen me play or don't think I play against good teams. I'm just going to keep working hard and try to prove everybody wrong, that I should have been on that team.”

To read the official press release, click here.

The games will take place on April 2, in Chicago at the United Center - girls tip off at 6pm CT, boys follow at approximately 8:30pm CT. For even more, visit http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/aag/en/home.html

NOTE: You can see the full list of nominees from Illinois by clicking here.

Here are the FULL rosters

Girls Rosters

Lynee' Belton, Bullis School (Clinton, Md.), 6-2, C, Duke

Sierra Calhoun, Chris the King (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 6-0, G/F, Duke

Bianca Cuevas, Nazareth Regional (Bronx, N.Y.), 5-6, G, South Carolina

Sadie Edwards, Blair Academy (Meriden, Conn.), 5-9, G, UConn

Myisha Hines-Allen, Montclair (N.J.), 6-1, G/F, Louisville

Alexa Middleton, Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), 5-8, G, Tennessee

Kelsey Mitchell, Princeton (Cincinnati, Ohio), 5-8, G, Ohio State

Mariya Moore, Salesian (Pleasant Hill, Calif.), 6-0, G/F, Louisville

Shakayla Thomas, Sylacauga (Ala.), 5-11, G/F, Florida State

Kathryn Westbeld, Fairmont (Ketterling, Ohio), 6-2, F, Notre Dame

Jatarie White, Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.), 6-4, C, South Carolina

A'ja Wilson, Heathwood Hall Episcopal (Hopkins, S.C.), Undecided

Ariel Atkins, Duncanville (Texas), 5-11, G, Texas

Recee' Caldwell, FEAST Home School (San Antonio), 5-8, G, UCLA

Jordin Canada, Winward (Los Angeles), 5-6, G, UCLA

Mikayla Cowling, St. Mary's College High School (Benicia, Calif.), 6-1, G/F, California

Lajahna Drummer, Long Beach Polytechnic (Los Angeles), 6-2, F, UCLA

Gabby Green, St. Mary's College High School (Oakland, Calif.), California

Brooke McCarty, Clear Springs (League City, Texas), 5-4, G, Texas

Jaime Nared, Westview (Portland, Ore.), 6-1, G/F, Tennessee

Alyssa Rice, Reynoldsburg (Ohio), 6-3, C, Kentucky

Brianna Turner, Manvel (Pearland, Texas), 6-3, F, Notre Dame

Chatrice White, Shelby (Nev.), 6-3, C, Illinois

Gabby Williams, Edward C. Reed (Sparks, Nev.), 5-11, G, UConn


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Boys Rosters

Cliff Alexander, Curie, 6-9, F, Kansas

James Blackmon Jr., Marion (Ind.), 6-2, G, Indiana

Justin Jackson, Homeschool Christian (Tomball, Texas), 6-7, F, North Carolina

Tyus Jones, Apple Valley (Minn.), 6-1, G, Duke

Kevon Looney, Milwaukee (Wis.) Hamilton, 6-8, F, UCLA

Theo Pinson, Wesleyan Christian (Greensboro, N.C.), 6-8, F, North Carolina

D'Angelo Russell, Montverde Academy (Fla.), 6-4, G, Ohio State

Karl Towns Jr., St. Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.), 6-11, C, Kentucky

Romelo Trimble, O'Connell (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 6-2, G, Maryland

Myles Turner, Trinity (Bedford, Texas), 6-11, C, Undecided

Isaiah Whitehead, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 6-4, G, Seton Hall

Justise Winslow, St. John's (Houston), 6-6. F, Duke

Grayson Allen, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.), 6-4, G, Duke

Joel Berry, Lakes Highland (Apopka, Fla.), 6-0, G, North Carolina

Devin Booker, Moss Point (Mass.), 6-5, G, Kentucky

Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei (Fullerton, Calif.), 6-6, F, Arizona

Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis), 6-10, F, Kentucky

Emmanuel Mudiay, Prime Prep Academy (Dallas), 6-5, G, SMU

Jahlil Okafor, Young, 6-10, C, Duke

Kelly Oubre, Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 6-7, F, Kansas

Reid Travis, De La Salle (Minneapolis), 6-8, F, Stanford

Tyler Ulis, Marian Catholic, 5-9, G, Kentucky

Rashad Vaughn, Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.), 6-6, G, Undecided

Thomas Welsh, Loyola (Los Angeles), 6-11, C, UCLA

Fun notes
Ulis will be the shortest player on either team.

It’s the sixth time three Illinois players were selected (1979, '88, '91, '98 and '02) and first since Proviso East’s Dee Brown, Julian’s Sean Dockery and Providence’s Michael Thompson represented the state in 2002.
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