Ten Illinois players up for McDonald's game

Ten Illinois high school basketball players were among 600 nominees announced Wednesday for this year’s McDonald’s All-American Games in Chicago.

Simeon senior forward Steve Taylor, who is the state’s lone ESPNU 150 player, was the only boys’ player nominated.

On the girls’ side, T.F. North’s Dominique Brooks, Rich South’s Kiela Gamer, Lake Park’s Alexis Hahn, Whitney Young’s Alexis Lloyd, Niles West’s Jewell Loyd, New Trier’s Maggie Lyon, Geneva’s Ashley Santos, Whitney Young’s Janee Thompson and Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck were nominated.

Twenty-four boys and 24 girls will be selected out of the 600 to play in the games. The selection show will air Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.

The McDonald’s All-Americans Games will be held on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago. 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.