McDonald's Unveils Roster and Coaches for 2020 McDonald's All American Games
Forty-eight high school seniors representing the country’s top basketball talent will take to the court as
All Americans on April 1 in Houston
Chicago, Ill. (Jan. 23, 2020) – Today, McDonald’s announced the final rosters for the 2020 McDonald’s All American Games, celebrating the next generation of basketball stars and their hustle in the pursuit of achieving greatness. Forty-eight high school seniors – comprising the top 24 girls and 24 boys in the country – were selected by a committee of basketball experts from more than 900 nominated players. The players will join a prestigious and historic group of basketball legends when they take the court for the 43rd McDonald’s All American Games on Wednesday, April 1, at the Toyota Center in Houston. The Games will be telecast live on ESPN2 and ESPN. Tickets are on sale now at the Toyota Center box office.
Final Roster Details
The 2020 Girls roster features 4 players from Maryland, the most represented state. It includes five-star prospect Paige Bueckers (Hopkins High School – MN), Maryland commit Angel Reese (St. Frances Academy – MD) and Syracuse-bound Kamilla Cardoso (Hamilton Heights Christian Academy – TN).
Other notable names include Olivia Cochran (Carver High School – GA) and Hannah Gusters (MacArthur High School – TX). They will be joined by Stanford-bound Cameron Brink (Mountainside High School – OR) and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere High School – WA). The school with the most 2020 McDonald’s All Americans from the Girls roster is Oregon with 5 girls.
The 2020 Boys roster features the country’s top talent hailing from 13 different states, including USC-bound Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian School – CA), Gonzaga commit Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy – MN) and Arlington, Texas native Cade Cunningham (Montverde Academy – FL). Other notable names include Mark Williams (IMG Academy – FL), who will attend Duke in the fall. The 6’8” small forward will be joined by Florida State commit Scott Barnes (Montverde Academy – FL) and Terrence Clarke (Brewster Academy – NH), who plans to suit up for Kentucky next season.
The college with the most committed McDonald’s All Americans from the Boys royster is UNC with 4.
For more than 40 years, over 1,400 players have competed in the prestigious 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, James Harden, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart. Alumni include current college standouts Cole Anthony of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tre Jones of Duke University and Sabrina Ionescu of the University of Oregon.
Four high school coaches from different regions of the country will lead the Girls and Boys teams during this year’s Games:
- Girls East Team Coach, Fred Sauro of Williamston High School (Williamston, WV)
- Girls West Coach, Karen Self of Seton Catholic Prep (Chandler, AZ)
- Boys East Team Coach, Charles Smith of Peabody High School (Alexandria, LA)
- Boys West Team Coach, Gary Hall of St. Thomas Catholic (Houston, TX)
The Champion Who Made the Games Possible
On Tuesday, the McDonald’s All American Games lost a champion with the passing of Morgan Wootten, a pioneer of the Games. Morgan’s influence on basketball was nothing short of legendary. It was his passion for coaching that led to the founding of the McDonald’s All American Games as a showcase to recognize the best high school basketball talent in the country. Since 1978, Morgan championed emerging basketball stars and helped girls and boys realize their dreams.
“Morgan made an indelible mark on the sport of basketball and leaves behind an enduring legacy with the McDonald’s All American Games,” said Joe Erlinger, President, McDonald’s USA. “For more than 40 years Morgan was an incredible partner and maintained his commitment to the Games, serving as chairman of the Selection Committee. He impacted generations of players and the game of basketball is better because of him.”
Connected to the Community
The McDonald’s All American Games continue to support Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) through 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 children’s care.
Heading to Houston?
Hustle up! Tickets for the 2020 McDonald’s All American Games are available now via the Toyota Center box office.
ESPN2 and ESPN will telecast the McDonald’s All American Games live on Wednesday, April 1. The 19th annual Girls Game will air on ESPN2 at 5:00 p.m. ET and the 43rd annual Boys Game immediately follows on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Can’t get enough of the action? Fans can tune into ESPN2 on Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET to witness the top McDonald’s All Americans showcase their skills during the annual POWERADE® Jam Fest. The renowned skills competition puts the best high school basketball players to the test through a series of events, including a 3-point contest and dunk competition. Fans in the area can check out the event at Delmar-Tusa Sports Complex by purchasing tickets here.
This year, proud sponsors of the 2020 McDonald’s All American Games include adidas, Coca-Cola®, POWERADE® and Sprite®.
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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.