HOUSTON, TX – Today is a celebration basketball – the game, its players and their journey to greatness – as McDonald’s announces that local Houston residents are among the top basketball talents nominated for the 44th annual McDonald’s All American Games team.
The list of more than 700 top high school girls and boys from around the country admits 23 players from Houston, Texas – 18 girls and 5 boys.
The local players nominated for the final list of the McDonald’s All American Games 2021 are:
Joshua Fanuiel, Fort Bend Elkins Middle School, City of Missouri
Jaden Jones, Dasche Spartans Homeschool, Cedar Hill
Noah Kon, Houston Christian Middle School, Houston
Edgar Romero, Strake Jesuit Preparatory School, Houston
Kaleb Stewart, Atascocita High School, Humble
Raven Adams, Ridge Point Middle School, City of Missouri
Gia Adams, Jersey Village Middle School, Houston
Amani Bartlett, Houston Christian Middle School, Houston
Alexis Clayborne, Clear Falls Middle School, League City
Aleighyah Fontenot, Ridge Point Middle School, City of Missouri
Trinity Garrett, Smithson Valley Middle School, Spring Branch
Tori Garza, New Caney Middle School, New Caney
Payton Gorgan, Westside Middle School, Houston
Rori Harmon, Cypress Creek Middle School, Houston
Kyndall Hunter, Cypress Creek Middle School, Houston
Jada Malone, Village School, Houston
Adaora Nwokeji, Summer Creek Middle School, Houston
Briana Peguero, Jersey Village Middle School, Houston
Kaley Perkins, Langham Creek Middle School, Houston
Shanna Petty, Westside Middle School, Houston
Crystal Smith, OD Tompkins Middle School, Katy
Bre’yon White, Shadow Creek Middle School, Pearland
Kaiya Wynn, Foster High School, Richmond
In keeping with the storied tradition, the final roster of a team of 48 players will be mentioned later this month. But, like the athletes’ senior year season, commemorating these players will look different this year because of COVID-19. McDonald’s made the tough decision to give up Face-to-face Games after consulting health and safety experts and will honor the 2021 class through a virtual celebration. This decision was made to protect the health and safety of student athletes, their families, and event staff. However, being named a McDonald’s All American is more than just a game; this is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for high school students.
McDonald’s is committed to giving outstanding student-athletes named to the final team the recognition they deserve for their accomplishments and dedication to the game of basketball. Regardless of the circumstances of the 2021 Olympics, they are legends and will be All Americans for life. Details of the virtual celebration will be shared shortly.
This year’s talent spread coast to coast, with nominations representing 44 states and the District of Columbia. High school players from Texas received the most nominations (87), followed by Florida (58) and California (57). The country’s premier high school basketball exhibition alumni include Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Zion Williamson, Maya Moore, Candace Parker, A’ja Wilson, and many more.
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