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WMA, MacDuffie hoopsters nominated for All-American games

Date: 1/8/2014

GLASTONBURY, Conn – 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. Three players hail from Western Massachusetts – all three are male players. The local players nominated for the 2014 Games include: Dimitri Floras from the MacDuffie High School in Granby and Goodluck Okonoboh, Wilbraham & Monson Academy

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 Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.

“Western Massachusetts has a history of elite basketball talent and the nomination of three local players signifies the hard work and dedication of our young student-athletes. They contribute to their schools, the community and the game,” Rachel Deane, local McDonald’s owner/operator and president of the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association, said. “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 our area under consideration to be selected.”

Okonoboh signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for UNLV, choosing the Rebels over Duke, Florida, Indiana and Ohio State. Floras is committed to Quinnipiac University.

The 37th Annual Boys Game will tip-off on April 2 at 9:30 p.m. from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN.

The 13th Annual Girls Game will precede the Boys Game, beginning at 7 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPNU.

Information regarding tickets for the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games is available at Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale Jan. 11 at 11 a.m.

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. The Games have raised more than $10 million for RMHC since its inception in 1978.