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Illinois trio to play in McDonald's game

Connecticut-bound Morgan Tuck is the second straight Bolingbrook player to be selected to the McDonald's All-American game. Glenn Nelson / ESPN.com

Niles West guard Jewell Loyd, Whitney Young guard Janee Thompson and Bolingbrook forward Morgan Tuck were announced as selections to the McDonald’s All-American girls game on Thursday.

Zion-Benton coach Tanya Johnson was also announced as the West Team girls head coach, and West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman was named the West Team boys head coach.

Loyd, a 5-foot-9 shooting guard, is ranked the No. 5 player in the Class of 2012 by ESPN HoopGurlz. She’ll play next season at Notre Dame.

Thompson, a 5-7 point guard headed to Kentucky, is ranked No. 35 in the Class of 2012.

The Connecticut-bound Tuck, a 6-2 forward, is ranked No. 15 in the Class of 2012. This is the second consecutive season Bolingbrook has had a player selected to the McDonald’s game. Ariel Massengale, who is now at Tennessee, was chosen last year.

Illinois did not have a boys player selected for only the third time in the game’s history. Illinois was also not represented in 1977 and 2009.

The McDonald’s All-American Games will be held on March 28 at the United Center. The 11th annual girls game will be at 6 p.m. and shown on ESPNU. The 35th annual boys game will be at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Last year’s games in Chicago set a McDonald’s All-American Games’ attendance record with 20,018 fans.