Wednesday, October 24, 2012
McDonald's games extend Chicago deal
By Scott Powers
The McDonald's All-American Games announced Wednesday it will remain in Chicago for at least five more years.
The games were held at Chicago's United Center in 2011 and set a record for attendance with 19,909 tickets sold. The games returned to the United Center in 2012.
The deal announced Wednesday will keep the games in Chicago until 2015 and includes an option for 2016. The 2013 games will be held at the United Center on April 3.
"This is a historic day for the McDonald's All American Games," McDonald's All American Games director Douglas Freeland said in a statement. "Fans throughout the U.S. can now make Chicago their 'destination' to see the greatest high school basketball players participate in this annual rite of passage."
The 2013 games' nominees will be revealed in January and the teams will be announced in February.
The Chicago area was represented by three girls players (Whitney Young's Janee Thompson, Niles West's Jewell Loyd, Bolingbrook's Morgan Tuck) and no boys in 2012. The 2013 games are expected to include at least Simeon forward Jabari Parker, the nation's No. 1 senior.
Illinois has produced 74 McDonald's All-Americans, including 60 boys and 14 girls. The state ranks third behind California (123) and New York (84).