Courtesy of McDonald's News Release
HOUSTON, TX – Today, McDonald's unveiled that local Houstonians are among the top basketball talent nominated to take part in the 2020 McDonald's All American Games. The list of more than 900 top girls and boys high school seniors from across the country recognizes 20 players from Houston, Texas– 6 male and 14 female players. The local players nominated for the 2020 Games are:
Nate Clover, Memorial High School, Port Arthur
LJ Cryer, Morton Ranch High School, Katy
Foluwaso Fashoro, Ridge Point High School, Missouri City
Kenneth Lofton, Memorial Hgih School, Port Arthur
Tramon Mark, Dickinson High School, Dickinson
Luke Thorburn, Strake Jesuit College Prep, Houston
Laila Blair, Waller High School, Waller
Telisha Brown, Houston Wheatley High School, Houston
Riane Burton, Cypress Ranch High School, Cypress
Elyssa Coleman, Atascocita High School, Humble
Makayla Cross, James Madison High School, Houston
DeYona Gaston, Pearland High School, Pearland
Maliyah Johnson, Summer Creek High School, Houston
Precious Johnson, Ross S. Sterling High School, Baytown
Zaria Johnson, Hightower High School, Missouri City
Kameryn Lewis, Westside High School, Houston
Destini Lombard, Hightower High School, Missouri City
Taelor Pruvis, Hightower High School, Missouri City
Fatou Samb, Westside High School, Houston
Kendria Wilson, James Madison High School, Houston
Alumni of the nation's premier high school basketball all-star event include Michael Jordan, LeBron James, James Harden, Maya Moore and Candace Parker. This year's list of talent includes players from 48 states and the District of Columbia who have been selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald's All American Games Selection Committee.
A complete list of 2020 McDonald's All American Games Nominees is available at mcdaag.com. The final rosters of the top 24 girls and 24 boys for the 2020 McDonald's All American Games will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN's The Jump and also covered at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN's SportsCenter. Follow @McDAAG on Twitter and Instagram for more information in the lead-up to the reveal of the country's top emerging players.
"We are so proud that 20 local students have been recognized as nominees for the 2020 McDonald's All American Games," said Carla Moore, President of the McDonald's Greater Houston Owner/Operators Association. "These talented players have proven their dedication and hard work both on and off the basketball court, and we are thrilled to have them represent Houston on a national level."
The 19th annual McDonald's All American Girls Game will tip off on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 1. The 43rd annual Boys Game immediately follows at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
McDonald's All American Games continues to invest in local communities across the country through support of Ronald McDonald House Charities and its network of local Chapters. At RMHC, programs like the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® provide comfort and compassion to families with ill or injured children so they are fully supported and able to be a part of their child's care.
Be sure to follow @McDAAG on Twitter and Instagram to receive exclusive access to 2020 McDonald's All American Games announcements and a behind-the-scenes look at current and past McDonald's All Americans.
ABOUT McDONALD'S GREATER HOUSTON OWNER/OPERATORS
The McDonald's Greater Houston Owner/Operators Association (GHOA) is a co-operative of local business owners who own and operate more than 300 McDonald's restaurants in Greater Houston. GHOA-owned McDonald's restaurants employ more than 15,000 people in the Greater Houston community. Follow Houston McDonald's on Instagram @McDonaldsHouston.
About McDonald's USA
McDonald's serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities®
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of over 275 Chapters in more than 65 countries and regions, and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC helps families with ill or injured children stay together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children's care. For more information, visit rmhc.org. Follow RMHC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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The goal is very simple: Recognize the best public high school volleyball players in the state of Texas.
As I've said many times before, Texas has the best collection of volleyball players in the United States (if not the world).
Consider there are approximately 1,200 public high school volleyball teams. If you figure an average of nine players per team (and that's a conservative number), that's about 11,000 players to consider for our 2nd Annual VYPE All-State Awards.
But here they are – we believe these are the best in a state full of incredible volleyball talent.