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January 17, 2016 23:00 ET

Final Team Rosters, Coaches Unveiled for the 2016 McDonald's All American Games

Future Stars of Basketball to Take the Court March 30 in 39th Annual Games

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwired - Jan 17, 2016) - The McDonald's All American Games unveiled the official rosters for the 39th annual boys game and 15th annual girls game during today's McDonald's All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU. The nation's premier high school basketball all-star event will take place March 30 at Chicago's United Center for the sixth consecutive year. Full team rosters are available at www.mcdaag.com.

The 2016 McDonald's All American boys teams feature the country's top talent hailing from 14 different states. The East Team includes Duke-bound Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Preparatory School - St. Louis, Missouri) and highly ranked power forward Bam Adebayo (High Point Christian Academy - High Point, North Carolina). The two will be joined by small forward Miles Bridges (Huntington Prep - Huntington, West Virginia), shooting guard Terrance Ferguson (Advanced Preparatory International - Dallas, Texas) and combo guard Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic High School - Hyattsville, Maryland).

The West Team will be led by small forward Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep - Windsor, California), Malik Monk (Bentonville High School - Bentonville, Arkansas), Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills High - Chino Hills, California) and Frank Jackson (Lone Peak High School - Highland, Utah), the first Utah boys player to play in the Games since 2000.

Of the 24 boys selected to be McDonald's All Americans, four have yet to make their college decisions. Of those who have decided, Kentucky has the most commitments with four, followed by Duke and Michigan State with two each. The boys game begins at 8 p.m. CST March 30 and will be televised live on ESPN.

The girls team includes six players from the state of Texas. The West Team features top-ranked Lauren Cox (Flower Mound High School - Flower Mound, Texas), guard Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte High School - Orinda, California), and the first-ever McDonald's All American girls player from Idaho, Destiny Slocum (Mountain View High School - Meridian, Idaho). The team also includes Chicago-area player Jeannie Boehm (New Trier High School - Winnetka, Illinois) who will play in front of a hometown crowd at the United Center.

The East Team features highly ranked Texas-native Joyner Holmes (Cedar Hill High School - Cedar Hill, Texas), who will be joined by her future Texas teammate Alecia Sutton (Parkway North High School - St. Louis, Missouri). The West will also include point guard Crystal Dangerfield (Blackman High School - Murfreesboro, Tennessee) and Erin Boley (Elizabethtown High School - Elizabethtown, Kentucky).

Of the 24 girls selected to be McDonald's All Americans, Stanford and Maryland have the most McDonald's All American players suiting up next fall with three commits each. The girls game begins at 5:30 p.m. CST March 30 and will be televised live on ESPNU.

"The future of basketball will again be on full display in Chicago on March 30," said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald's All American Games. "The McDonald's All American Game is the one game all high school age, and younger, hoops players aspire to reach."

In addition to the 48 players selected, four prep coaches from Florida, Kansas, Alabama and Kentucky were named coaches for the 2016 Games. Marcia Pinder of Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will lead the girls East Team, while Jesse Nelson of Olpe High School in Emporia, Kansas will coach the girls West Team. Jack Doss of J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, Alabama, will lead the boys East Team and Dale Mabrey of Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, Kentucky will serve as head coach of the boys West Team.

This year's teams were selected from more than 750 nominees by the McDonald's All American Games selection committee, led by Morgan Wootten, committee chairman and legendary Hall of Fame basketball coach.

Since 1978, more than 1,200 players have competed in the McDonald's All American Games. They form an elite group of some of the top names in basketball history, including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Candace Parker, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne. Alumni include current college standouts Ben Simmons of LSU, Melo Trimble of Maryland, and UConn's Breanna Stewart.

Tickets to the 2016 McDonald's All American Games are available starting Feb. 6 at 10:00 a.m. CST through Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME. Tickets start at $10 and include free parking.

The POWERADE® Jam Fest -- featuring McDonald's All American Games players in a three-point shootout, dunk contest and new shooting competition -- will be held March 28. The competitions will air live at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN2.

Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Since its inception, the McDonald's All American Games have raised more than $11 million for the Charity.

For more information about the McDonald's All American Games, POWERADE Jam Fest or game week activities in Chicago, please visit www.mcdaag.com and follow us @McDAAG.

Proud sponsors of the 2016 McDonald's All American Games include POWERADE®, Coca-Cola®, Sprite®, adidas, American Family Insurance, THE ROCK®, Fathead®, Lids® and Athletico Physical Therapy.

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