Kentuckians, UK signees nominated for McDonald's All-American Games

January 17, 2013 

Marion County's Makayla Epps, top, shot over DuPont Manual's April Wilson in a girls' high school basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2012, during the KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament finals at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.


Ten boys' and five girls' basketball players from Kentucky were among the more than 800 nominees announced Thursday for the 2013 McDonald's All-American Games.

The McDonald's games, to be played back-to-back April 3 at the United Center in Chicago, each feature 12-team rosters representing the East and the West.

This list of nominees released Thursday also includes six boys and three girls who have committed to play at the University of Kentucky.

The boys' nominees from Kentucky were William Gary and Mike Smith of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Taylor Gover of Pulaski County, Dominique Hawkins of Madison Central, Darryl Hicks of Louisville Trinity, Lavonne Holland of Ballard, Omar Prewitt of Montgomery County, Rusty Troutman and Derek Willis of Bullitt East and Jack Whitman of Lexington Catholic.

The girls' nominees from Kentucky were China Dow of Louisville Christian, Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers of Marion County, Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic and Katelyn Newsome of Sheldon Clark.

All six players who have committed to or signed with the UK men for 2013 made the list of nominees — Aaron and Andrew Harrison of Texas, Dakari Johnson of Florida, Marcus Lee of California, James Young of Michigan and Bullitt East's Willis.

For the UK women, signees Epps, Goodin-Rogers and Linnae Harper of Illinois were among the nominees.

The final group of players for the games will be announced Feb. 14.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon through or by calling (866) 909-4263.

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