Nominees will have a chance to play in the prestigious showcase this March
January 12, 2022 – The McDonald’s All American Games is where hype becomes legacy, and is the next step in the journey from being a local standout, to five-star recruit, and ultimately to becoming a household name. This year, a new generation is set to leave it all on the court as more than 760 girls and boys high school basketball players from across the country have been nominated for the chance to play in the 45th anniversary McDonald’s All American Games – including 21 players from Los Angeles – representing 7girl players and 14 boy players. The annual event will return this March to showcase the nation’s rising stars who will go head-to-head at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena.
Players were nominated by a high school coach, athletic director, principal or member of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee, which is comprised of the nation’s most knowledgeable analysts, prep scouts, media and prestigious basketball coaches. The local players nominated for the chance to play in the 2022 McDonald’s All American Games are:
Los Angeles County
Chloe Willams, Bishop Montgomery High School, TorranceKayla Cabaccang, Chaminade College Preparatory High School, West Hills
Jessa Thurman, Chaminade College Preparatory High School, West Hills
Aubrey Quintana, El Camino Real Charter High School, Woodland Hills
Nala Williams, Long Beach Poly High School, Long Beach
Kristal Caldwell, Long Beach Poly High School, Long Beach
Jailah Donald, Serra High School, Gardena
Randolph Smith Jr., Damien High School, La Verne
Damarion Pouncil, Cathedral High School, Los Angeles
Devyn Hughes, Cathedral High School, Los Angeles
Zion Cruz, Donda Academy, Chatsworth
Landon Lewis, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City
Cameron Thrower, Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City
Barrington Hargress, Heritage Christian School, Northridge
Malik, Moore, Heritage Christian School, Northridge
Benny Gealer, Rolling Hills Prep, San Pedro
Ramel Lloyd, Sierra Canyon High School, Chatsworth
Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon High School, Chatsworth
Kijani Wright, Sierra Canyon High School, Chatsworth
Bukley DeJardin, St. Francis High School, La Canada
Jake Goldberg, St. Francis High School, La Canada
The new class of nominees joins a legendary group of athletes who, over four decades, have been nominated for a chance to play in the nation’s premiere showcase – including Michael Jordan, Candace Parker, LeBron James, Maya Moore, Trae Young, Breanna Stewart, and many more of your favorite hoopers.
The top 24 girls and 24 boys selected to play in the 2022 McDonald’s All American Games will be revealed Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 on ESPN’s “NBA Today” between 3-4 p.m. ET.
Fans can then tune in to the McDonald’s All American Girls Game on Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and the Boys Game immediately following on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.