Duncanville’s Perry Jones III will be following in some big footsteps in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Game.
The showcase offers an opportunity for the 6-11 senior forward to show why many consider him North Texas’ best boys basketball player this season.
Jones, rated No. 9 nationally by ESPNU among seniors, will eventually take to Baylor his freakishly good ball-handling and shooting skills for a player his size. He will be a member of the East All-Stars.
More than two dozen area boys were nominated for the game, but only Jones survived the rigorous four-round selection process.
The list of some of the previous 950 McDonald’s All-Americans is inspiring: Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
“Growing up watching Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, I just wanted to be like them,’’ Jones said.
The 33rd annual boys game will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT from Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
In the ninth annual McDonald’s girls game, which precedes the boys, Frisco’s Tiffany Moore, a 5-10 guard, and Irving MacArthur’s Odyssey Sims, a 5-8 guard, are members of the West All-Stars. Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.
Moore, a Texas signee, is No. 22 on ESPNU Top 100 list.
Sims, a Baylor recruit and No. 3 on the Top 100 list, will not play. She recently underwent knee surgery after tearing her ACL in MacArthur’s Region I championship loss to Cedar Hill.
Duncanville’s Cathy Self-Morgan and Elesha Walker will serve as West co-coach and assistant, respectively.
Self-Morgan previously coached in the 2004 McDonald’s game.
Both Jones and Sims were finalists for 2010 Morgan Wooten Player of the Year Award.
Sims (first team) and Jones (third team) were named to the 2010 Parade All America team.