On January 11, McDonald’s released the names of its 2023 McDonald’s All American Games nominees. Of the 722 girls and boys basketball players, seven are from one New Hampshire school: Brewster! Congratulations to Bobcats (top row, from left) Solomon Ball ’23, Carey Booth ’23, Taylor Bowen ’23, Aaron Clark ’23 and (bottom row, from left) Reid Ducharme ’23, Comeh Emuobor ’23, and J.P. Estrella ’23.
These hoopers now have a chance to shine on one of high school basketball’s biggest stages: the McDonald’s All American Games, which take place in Houston in March and benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.
A McDonald’s All American Games nomination is the culmination of hard work and determination spanning many years of constant grind in the gym to become one of basketball’s elite. This class of nominees will follow in the footsteps of all-time legends, like Shaquille O’Neal, Candace Parker, Kobe Bryant, A’ja Wilson, Trae Young, Breanna Stewart and many more.
“Providing a national platform to elevate and honor these players is what the McDonald’s All American Games is all about,” said Joe Wootten, McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. “We’ve been doing this for more than four decades and have seen some truly amazing kids come through this iconic program. That’s why this moment is so special…the history, prestige, and all that comes with it. These players are joining a long list of icons to be named nominees to the Games and it’s something that will never be taken away.”
Players were nominated by a high school coach, athletic director, principal, or member of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee based on athletic and academic achievement as well as off-court behavior (you can see the complete list of 2023 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees at mcdaag.com). Next the Committee—comprised of some of the nation’s most knowledgeable high school analysts, prep scouts, media, and basketball coaches—will narrow down the list of nominees to the final 48 players named to the Games’ final rosters. The top 24 girls and 24 boys will be revealed Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 on NBA Today between 3 and 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and announced across ESPN’s various social and digital platforms.
“Becoming a McDonald’s All American Games nominee is bigger than one person—it’s about representing your family, friends, school, and community on the national stage and doing so with pride of what you earned and respect for those who have paved the way,” said Vicki Chancellor, Atlanta-based McDonald’s Owner/Operator and Chair of McDonald’s USA Franchisee Marketing Committee. “On behalf of McDonald’s, we’re so proud of every nominee and know how much hard work went into this achievement. It’s important we take a moment to highlight the achievements of these athletes from across the country and celebrate their new status as a McDonald’s All American Games nominee.”