Twenty-one high school basketball players from Kentucky, including five from Louisville, made the 984-member list of nominees for the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games set for April 2 in Chicago’s United Center.
A final listing of 24 boys and girls players will be selected during a show on ESPN at 5 p.m. Jan. 29, with locals Quentin Snider (Ballard), Kelan Martin (Ballard), Craig Owens (Trinity), Lamontray Harris (Pleasure Ridge Park) and Antonio McDaniels (PRP) each in the running to make the high-profile showcase.
No Kentucky girls made the first cut.
“This year’s list of McDonald’s All American Games Nominees represents the finest prep talent across the country, and we are thrilled to present nearly 1,000 players with this once in a lifetime honor,” said Morgan Wootten, the selection committee chairman, in a news release. “Today we celebrate this list of nominees.”
Ohio (121 players) had the highest number of nominees followed by Texas (97), Iowa (72), New York (63) and New Jersey (56).
Indiana featured five nominees, among them University of Kentucky signee Trey Lyles from Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School and Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. from Marion High School. Others are Park Tudor’s Trevon Bluiett and a pair of girls players, Bloomington South’s Lauren Whitlatch and Longansport’s Whitney Jennings.
In addition to Snider, three other U of L signees — Chinanu Onuaku, Shaqquan Aaron and Jaylen Johnson — made the nominees list, as did UK signees Karl Towns, Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis.
St. Bendict Prep’s Carl Brown (formerly of Western High School) and Monteverde Academy’s D’Angelo Russell (Central transfer) were a pair of local players also named nominees no longer playing in Louisville.
The McDonald’s All American Games have raised more than $10 million since 1978 for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The 37th boys’ game tips off at 9:30 ET on ESPN following the girls’ at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
Kentucky’s McDonald’s All American Nominees:
Brent Bach, Augusta
Darion Burns, Fleming County
Christian Cunningham, Cordia
Jackson Davis, Lafayette
Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green
Jordan Green, Henry Clay
Shane Hall, Johnson Central
Dominique Harding, Elizabethtown
Lamontray Harris, Pleasure Ridge Park
Brandon Hatton, Dixie Heights
Malik Hines, Cordia
Justin Johnson, Perry County Central
Fritz Lucien, Cordia
Kelan Martin, Ballard
Antonio McDaniels, Pleasure Ridge Park
Craig Owens, Trinity
Chris Porter-Bunton, Warren Central
Austin Rentfrom, Marshall County
Hunter Shelton, Apollo
Quentin Snider, Ballard
Troy Steward, Fleming County