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Illinois has 18 nominees for McDonald's All-American Games

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Illinois has 18 nominees for McDonald's All-American Games

The nominees for the 2016 McDonald's All-American Games were released on Tuesday morning and it includes nine boys and nine girls basketball players from Illinois among over 750 nominees.

Staying at the United Center in 2016, the McDonald's All-American Games are the premier national all-star games in high school basketball. This year's games will be played on Wednesday, March 30, as the girls game tips at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game gets going at 8 p.m.

Players are nominated for the McDonald's All-American Game by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald's All-American Games selection committee.

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The final rosters for the games will be announced during the McDonald's All-American Games Selection Show, which will be on ESPNU on Jan. 17 at 9:30 p.m.

While none of the boys nominees from Illinois are expected to make the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game, the girls nominees from Illinois have a few strong contenders. Tori McCoy (St. Thomas More), Kiara Lewis (Whitney Young), Nicole Ekhomu (Joliet Catholic) and Jeannie Boehm (New Trier) are all consensus top-100 national players with plenty of credentials to be voted into the game.

On the boys side, Morgan Park's Charlie Moore, a Memphis commit and local Player of the Year favorite, has the best chance of making the game, but he's not expected to make the cut as the 2016 national class of boys high school basketball players is among the strongest classes of the last 15 years.

Here is the complete list of nominees from Illinois.

2016 Boys Nominees

Micah Bradford (Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School – Bradley)

Ben Coupet (Simeon Career Academy – Chicago)

Demauris Dixon (St. Rita of Cascia High School – Chicago)

Brandon Johnson (Thornton Fractional South High School – Lansing)

Charlie Moore (Morgan Park High School – Chicago)

Zach Norvell (Simeon Career Academy – Chicago)

Nick Rakocevic (St. Joseph High School – Westchester)

George Willborn (De La Salle Institute – Chicago)

Christopher Williams (St. Rita of Cascia High School – Chicago)

2016 Girls Nominees

Ali Andrews (Huntley High School – Huntley)

Jeannie Boehm (New Trier High School – Winnetka)

Kathleen Doyle (Benet Academy – Lisle)

Nicole Ekhomu (Joliet Catholic Academy – Joliet)

Dasia Evans (Rich South High School – Richton Park)

Jaida Green (Downers Grove North High School – Downers Grove)

Kiara Lewis (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School – Chicago)

Tori McCoy (The High School of Saint Thomas More – Champaign)

Brittney Patrick (Bolingbrook High School – Bolingbrook)

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: St. Charles East

Head coach: Bryce Farquhar

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-2 Upstate 8 River Conference), St. Charles East made the 2017 IHSA state Class 8A playoff field. The Saints defeated Oswego East then lost to eventual 8A state champion Lincoln-Way East in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Rock Island

Aug. 31 @ Carmel

Sept. 7 vs Glenbard North

Sept. 14 @ Wheaton South

Sept. 21 vs Geneva

Sept. 28 @ St. Charles North

Oct. 5 vs Batavia

Oct. 12 @ Wheaton North

Oct. 19 vs Lake Park

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Biggest storyline: The Saints have had impressive campaigns the last two seasons. Can they continue to prosper in the newly-formed DuKane Conference?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Justin Jett and OL Dylan Barrett

Biggest holes to fill: The Saints will look to reload at a few key spots including at quarterback, as Clayton Isbell has moved on to Illinois State. Replacing RB/LB Nick Garlisch (South Dakota St.) will be key as well.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Bryce Farquhar's Saints have produced playoff seasons in back-to-back years. Now, their regular season ramps up a bit with the newly-formed DuKane Conference. The new league features some former Upstate Eight conference foes in St. Charles North, Batavia and Geneva, plus former DuPage Valley members Wheaton Warrenville South, Wheaton North, Glenbard North and Lake Park. Look for the Saints to rely on some experience up front. Three starters are back on the offensive line, including junior OG Dylan Barrett. He has already added several FBS level scholarship offers. 

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Brandon Schild, Justin Van Schaik, Tayler Erbach and Mark Mika

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Warren Township made the IHSA 8A playoff field. The Blue Devils defeated Bolingbrook then lost to Maine South in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule

Aug. 24 vs Barrington

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard North

Sept. 7 vs Waukegan

Sept. 14 vs Libertyville

Sept. 21 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 28 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 5 vs Lake Zurich

Oct. 12 vs Stevenson

Oct. 19 @ Mundelein

Biggest storyline: Can The Blue Devils make it back-to-back postseason appearances and challenge for the North Suburban Conference title?

Names to watch this season: DL Zack Pelland, DT Willis Singleton and RB Martin Walker

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils will need to find a new pass/catch tandem to replace graduated QB Ian Schilling and a strong group in the skills department, led by WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame).  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blue Devils had a nice 2017 season. After starting seven sophomores on the varsity level a year ago, head coach Bryan McNulty has the rare combination of youth and experience this fall. The defense will be a definite strength going into the season. The offense will rely on the running game, which features four starting offensive linemen back in the fold along with senior RB Martin Walker. If the passing game can come along, this team can once again challenge in the North Suburban Conference race and also in the overall 8A picture.