BLOG: Brooks, Redman nominated for McDonald's contests
They're considered the most prestigious high school all-star games in America.
Only 48 of the nation's top players will be selected to participate.
And two of the nominees for the contests hail from York County high schools.
Spring Grove's Eli Brooks and York High's Madey-Zania Redman have made this year’s list of 720 nation-wide nominees for the 2017 McDonald's All American Games.
That list includes players from 45 states and the District of Columbia, with Pennsylvania producing 11 male nominees and 21 female nominees.
The 6-foot, 1-inch Brooks, who has already committed to play NCAA Division I basketball at the University of Michigan, is the leading scorer in the York-Adams League at 27.4 points per game and he recently became Spring Grove's all-time leading scorer. He's not just a scoring machine, however. He also averages 13.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Redman, who has accepted a full scholarship to NCAA Division II Lock Haven University, is York High's leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, good for second in the York-Adams League.
Three other central Pennsylvania players were nominated: Reading's Lonnie Walker, Central Dauphin East's Tyrece Little and Harrisburg's Chris Whitaker.
The nominees were selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee.
A complete list of 2017 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees is available at www.mcdaag.com.
McDonald’s will name the final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2017 games during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
The odds are likely stacked against Brooks or Redman earning one of the 48 coveted spots. The game is typically reserved for the best of the best — five-star recruits (on a five-star scale) who are headed the top college basketball superpowers in the country. Brooks is headed to a traditional hoops power in Michigan, but is rated a three-star recruit by most services. Redman, meanwhile, isn't rated by the recruiting services and is headed to a Division II program.
Still, just the fact that they have been nominated is a major honor for both Brooks and Redman.
In fact, only one York-Adams League player has ever participated in the McDonald's Game — Delone Catholic High School graduate Sierra Moore, who participated in the 2012 game. Moore earned a scholarship to national power Duke, but eventually transferred to Penn State, where she is a senior.
Two years ago, Moore averaged 12.1 points per game for PSU, but she suffered an ACL injury before last season, which forced her to miss the entire year. She has rebounded from the injury and is averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Lady Lions this season.
The 40th annual McDonald's boys' game will tip off on Wednesday, March 29, from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 16th annual girls' game will precede the boys' game and will broadcast live on ESPN2.
Steve Heiser is sports editor for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.