For the first time in history, two St. Louisans were selected to compete in the McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Game in the same year.
Jayson Tatum of Chaminade College Prep was selected to the play in the boys’ game while Alecia Sutton of Parkway North was selected to play in the girls’ game. Both players were placed on the East All-Star Team. Sutton will not be able to participate due to a season-ending knee injury, but she got the invitation as one of the top point guards in the country.
The 39th McDonald’s boys’ game and 15th annual girls’ game will be played on March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.
The 6’9” Tatum is in the midst of a spectacular senior season in which he is averaging 28.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game while leading the Red Devils to a 16-5 record against a national schedule.
Being selected to the McDonald’s game is the capper of a brilliant career which has included three gold medals as a member of USA Basketball in international competition. He is currently ranked the No. 2 player in the nation by ESPN.com. Tatum has already scored 2,333 points in his career with many more games left to play. He joins former Chamiande stars David Lee and Bradley Beal as McDonald’s All-Americans.
The 5’8” Sutton has been a star at Parkway North since starting the first game of her freshman season with the Vikings. Sutton’s season and prep career ended in the semifinals of the Visitation Christmas Tournament when she suffered a torn ACL against Kirkwood. Up to that point, she was averaging 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals for the Vikings, who were 8-0 at the time.
Sutton finished her stellar prep career with 1,470 points, 402 rebounds, 384 assists and 242 steals. Sutton played 95 games at Parkway North, in which the Vikings compiled an impressive 85-10 record. She is the second St. Louisan to be selected to the McDonald’s Game, following former Incarnate Word star and current University of Connecticut starter Napheesa Collier, who played in last year’s game.
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