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July 31, 2014, 5:27 am

Jefferson, Copper give McDonald’s game local flavor

The McDonald’s All-American basketball games will have a distinct Philadelphia flavor. Amile Jefferson of Friends’ Central and Kahleah Copper of Prep Charter have been selected to play in the games.

The All-American games will tip-off in Chicago on March 28 at the United Center. The girls’ game will start at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. The boys’ game begins at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. These games feature the top high school basketball players in the country.

Jefferson, a 6-foot-8 senior, is averaging 20.7 points and 10.2 rebounds a game for Friends’ Central. He’s regarded as one of the best scholastic players in the nation. He is being recruited by Kentucky, Duke, Villanova, North Carolina State and Ohio State.

Copper, a 6-foot-1 senior, is averaging 20.4 points and 14.5 rebounds a game. She has guided Prep Charter to a brilliant 20-3 record. A year ago, she led the Huskies to the Public League championship and a sensational run in the PIAA playoffs.

“I’m really excited about playing in the McDonald’s game,” Copper said. “It’s a great accomplishment for me. It’s really an honor to play in this game. It’s nice to be recognized as one of the top high school players in the country. I’m looking forward to playing in the game.”

Each year, net proceeds from the game’s ticket sales benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, and to date, millions of dollars have been donated to help families in need. Every athlete who participates in the games visits the host city’s local Ronald McDonald House Charities Chapter during game week.

Prior to traveling to Chicago, the local finalists will be recognized during mini-press conferences at their alma mater elementary schools. The student-athletes will answer questions from elementary students and compete in a trick shot contest to raise money for the elementary school and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

McDonald’s selected the first McDonald’s All American high school team in 1977. In 1978, the inaugural McDonald’s All American game was played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. Since then, more than 800 male players and 240 female players have competed in the games.

 

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