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.
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)