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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)

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 3

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 3

High School Lites returned to the hardwood this week as we had IHSA basketball highlights from all over the area. Plus we also had a football commitment from the state's top prospect right before the signing period.

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEKBrother Rice's Marquise Kennedy

TEAM OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY SAINT XAVIER: Curie Condors 

Crystal Lake South's Trevor Keegan commits to Michigan

THURSDAY'S GAME

No. 2 Curie topples No. 12 Simeon

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Lincoln Park upsets No. 1 Whitney Young

No. 3 Bloom takes down No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 

No. 4 Evanston races by Niles North

No. 20 Uplift runs past Marshall

Glenbard West upsets No. 21 Downers North

No. 23 Romeoville holds off Plainfield South

Lemont beats Shepard on buzzer-beater

Payton knocks off Taft

Elmwood Park beats Guerin Prep in Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Dundee-Crown defeats Crystal Lake South 

WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, to announces his college decision

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WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, to announces his college decision

It can't be easy being a low-key 6-foot-6, 310 pound senior in high school. But Crystal Lake South’s four star-ranked offensive tackle Trevor Keegan, the state's top recruit for the Class of 2019, has (for the most part) remained as ‘under the recruiting radar’ as possible.

Keegan has been very quiet. He hasn't revealed much when it comes to specific college leanings throughout his recruiting process. But that’s all about to change, as he makes his college announcement Friday night at 6:15 in South’s auditorium.

The calm before the announcement storm, so to speak, makes it all the more intriguing. It’s an event you can see live on @NBCSPreps via Periscope at 6:15 p.m. or on our live stream page here.

Keegan, who last week narrowed down his final top destination list to Michigan, Penn State and Georgia, is at the end of a rigorous decision process. He racked up 35 total scholarship offers from most —if not all— of the major players from every Power Five conference across the country. 

So which school will Keegan select on Friday night? 

According to Rivals.com Midwest Football Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt, "Trevor has been very quiet and really hasn't said much at all up to this point. Most roads for me on his decision leads to Michigan, yet if he decided on either Penn State or Georgia I would not be shocked."

Expect Keegan to make Friday’s verbal commitment official this coming Wednesday, Dec. 19, when the football Early National Letter of Intent Signing Period begins. 

Keegan, along with the rest of the Class of 2019, will be just the second football class allowed to sign an early Letter of Intent. Last December, the Class of 2018 took full advantage of the first early signing window as nearly 75 percent of all BCS scholarship players signed during the early period.

The Class of 2019 is projected to equal or even surpass last year's 75 percent early signing rate.