Blackmon among those nominated for McDonald’s All-American game

Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. of Marion High School is one of three players from the state who have been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game. The other two were once Indiana targets — Kentucky signee Trey Lyles of Arsenal Tech and Xavier signee Trevon Bluiett of Park Tudor. Lauren Whitlach of Bloomington South was also nominated on the girls’ side.

IU women’s recruit Amanda Cahill of Clyde, Ohio, was also nominated, but reigning Illinois Miss Basketball and Illinois all-time scoring leader Tyra Buss was not.

Tyra Buss was included in Wednesday’s updated list of nominees. That list can be found by clicking here.

The Indiana release follows.



 Local Student-Athletes in the Running to Play in Prestigious High School Basketball Event in Chicago


INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 7, 2014) – McDonald’s® has announced its list of 984 prep seniors who have been nominated to play in the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games. This year’s list boasts players from 44 states and the District of Columbia who have been selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee.  Four players hail from Indiana – three males and one female player. The local players nominated for the 2014 Games include:


  • James Blackmon Jr., Marion High School, Marion
  • Trevon Bluiett, Park Tudor School, Indianapolis
  • Trey Lyles, Arsenal Technical High School, Indianapolis
  • Lauren Whitlatch, Bloomington South High School, Bloomington

A complete list of 2014 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees is available at The final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2014 Games will be announced during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU on January 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET.


“The state of Indiana has a rich history of elite basketball talent and the nomination of these four student-athletes signifies the rewards of hard work and commitment,” said Bob Jedele, McDonald’s Owner/Operator and Central Indiana Co-Op President. “The McDonald’s All American Games have long been the top showcase of national basketball talent, and it’s an honor to have players from Central Indiana under consideration to be selected.”


The 37th Annual Boys Game will tip-off on Wednesday, April 2 at 8:30 p.m. CT from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 13th Annual Girls Game will precede the Boys Game, beginning at 6:00 p.m. CT and will broadcast live on ESPNU. Information regarding tickets for the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games is available atTicketmaster. Tickets for the 2014 Games go on sale Saturday, January 11 at 10:00 a.m. CT. Tickets start as low as $10 and include free parking. There is also the popular family four-pack option, which includes four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs – all for $53.


Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). The Games have raised more than $10 million for RMHC since its inception in 1978.



  1. Hard to understand how a reigning Miss Basketball and all-time state scoring leader did not make this cut!!!

  2. For Tyra Buss not to be nominated is totally absurd, but good for IU. Can you imagine how motivated she will be next season to show the fools her incredible abilities!

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