No Illinois players named to McDonald’s All-American game

Derrick Rose of Simeon with "Ronald McDonald" during a press conference to advertise the McDonald's All-American basketball games March 28 in Louisville. Sun-Times file photo.

For the third consecutive year no Illinois high school basketball players were selected to play in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game.

Morgan Park’s Ayo Dosunmu, an Illinois recruit, and Simeon’s Talen Horton-Tucker, an Iowa State recruit, were the top local contenders.

Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson was the last Illinois player selected, back in 2015.

In 31 McDonald’s All-American Games played from 1978 to 2008 there was at least one player from Illinois in the game. And in 22 of the 31 years there were multiple McDonald’s All-Americans from Illinois.

That noteworthy run ended in 2009. The state also didn’t produce a Burger Boy in 2012, 2016 or 2017. And there was only one player each in 2010, 2013 and 2015. That’s a seismic shift in top-level talent from the previous three decades of the McDonald’s All-American game.

Joe Henricksen breaks down the history of Illinois’ McDonald’s All-Americans here.

The 2018 boys and girls games will be held March  28 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The United Center hosted the games the last seven years, attracting more than 96,000 fans during the run. The games used to rotate cities every year but stayed put in Chicago starting in 2011.


  • COTY

    Taken Horton Should Be Reppin us but our city so divided and selfish Smh

  • Duke Carnoustie

    I thought the point of Simeon playing those national games was for this recognition. The truth is when players go to schools like Iowa State or Illinois they aren’t going to get picked; you need to go to Kentucky, Duke or Kansas to get that. And those schools didn’t recruit any of these players.

    There was a time I thought Illinois could rise to the status just below those programs but that is a laughable thought now. Doug Collins is doing great at Northwestern but you have to believe he is eyeing that Duke job once Coach K’s health worsens.

    • Bobby Two Tone Johnson

      Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgetown, Florida State, and other big name schools all offered Ayo and Talen scholarships. So your statement is incredibly invalid. They just didn’t get picked because whoever is in charge of choosing clearly doesn’t care about REAL skill. They just care about who has the most Ball is life videos.

    • Jay

      Talen Horton Tucker had over 30 D1 scholarship offers and Kansas was one of them . Him and Ayo definitely were worthy of being in that game . Nowadays even if you play and beat the best it comes down to who knows who .

  • Jason Hayes

    How in the wold is that kid from Simeon not on here!!He has bn doing work to sum of the top teams in the country!!Who does these selections!!!Horrible!!!!

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