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Bronx hoop stars named to McD’s team

Two local Bronx high school basketball players, Rashawn Stores, All Hallows High School; and Tyreak Johnson, St. Raymond’s High School For Boys, have been recognized as nominees for the annual McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Teams. With one hundred three New York, New Jersey and Connecticut high school students nominated, this year marks the 32nd anniversary of the boys’ McDonald’s All American Game and the eighth annual girls’ Game.

These local players are among the top 2,500 high school senior boys and girls basketball player standouts in the nation, nominated by the McDonald’s All American Basketball Team selection committee, a group of nationally prominent basketball experts. The nominees will be considered for one of 24 slots on each of the final McDonald’s All American Girls and Boys High School Basketball Teams, which will feature an East vs. West showdown on April 1, in Miami, Fla.

“We are proud that so many talented basketball players in the New York Metro region were given this wonderful honor,” said Paul Hendel, president of the New York Tri-State Area McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association. “These players have shown a tremendous amount of dedication and teamwork. We believe it’s qualities such as these that will help them succeed at the games this year and throughout their lives.”

The boys game will tip off at 8 p.m. EST, Wednesday, April 1, at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. and will air live on ESPN. The girls game will precede the boys game at 5:30 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of South Florida.

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