Thirty-one Southern California high school senior basketball players are among the 814 basketball players nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald's All American Games, it was announced Friday.
Among the players nominated are several that play for schools in the San Fernando Valley, including London Perrantes of Crespi High School in Encino, David Winfield of Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City and Kris Yanku of Taft High School in Woodland Hills.
The 13 male and 18 female all-stars hail from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties and were selected by high school coaches, principals and members of the McDonald's All American Games Selection Committee to compete for a coveted spot in this year's games, a statement said.
Net proceeds from the games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, whose programs are aimed at improving the health and well-being of children throughout the United States and abroad.
The final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls selected to play in the 2013 Games will be announced Feb. 14.
The 36th Annual Boys Game will tip-off April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time from Chicago's United Center and be broadcast live on ESPN. The 12th Annual Girls Game will precede the boys game and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Tickets go on sale Saturday.
The 2013 McDonald's All American Games Southern California boys nominees are:
- Joshua Brown Cathedral High School, Los Angeles
- Ioannis Dimakopoulos, Cathedral High School, Los Angeles
- Isaac Hamilton, St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower
- Jordan Matthews, Santa Monica High School
- Mamadou Ndiaye, Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach
- London Perrantes, Crespi High School, Encino
- Roschon Prince, Long Beach Polytechnical High School
- Darien Williams, Orange Lutheran High School, Orange County
- Christian Wilson, Cathedral City High School
- Jordan Wilson Windward High School, Los Angeles
- David Winfield, Harvard-Westlake High School, Studio City
- Brian Wright, St. Anthony High School, Long Beach
- Kris Yanku, Taft High School, Woodland Hills
The girls nominees are:
- DeJaunee Brooks, Cajon High School, San Bernardino
- Kendall Cooper, St. Anthony High School, Long Beach
- Simone De Coud, J.W. North High School, Riverside
- Geena Gomez Edison High School, Huntington Beach
- Gabriella Hanson, Troy High School, Fullerton
- Ahlisha Henderson, Reseda High School
- Courtney Jaco, Windward High School, Los Angeles
- Mercedes Jefflo, Compton Centennial High School
- Ashley Merrill, Corona Centennial High School
- Taylor Messick, Laguna Hills High School
- Keyla Morgan, Long Beach Polytechnical High School
- Janae Peterson, Temescal Canyon High School, Lake Elsinore
- Briana Roberson, Troy High School, Fullerton
- Chrishae Rowe, Santiago High School, Corona
- Karlie Samuelson, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana
- Siera Thompson, Serra High School, Gardena
- August Touchard, Junipero Serra High School, San Juan Capistrano
- Miranda Williamson, J.W. North High School, Riverside