Madden McDonald's nominee
East Poinsett County's Rashad "Ky" Madden is a nominee for the 2011 McDonald's All-American game in Chicago.
Madden joins fellow Arkansas signees Hunter Mickelson of Jonesboro-Westside, Aaron Ross of Little Rock Parkview and B.J. Young of McCluer North High School in Florissant, Mo.
Other players from Arkansas nominated include Jonesboro High School standout Ayo Ojo and Van Buren's Hooper Vint. Darion Griswold, a verbal commitment to Arkansas State University for football and basketball, is also a nominee.
"The Mid-South is blessed with a wealth of elite basketball talent and the nomination of Rashad Madden is a testament to the hard work and dedication of this young athlete, and the contribution he is making to his school and his community through his love of the game," says McDonald's owner-operator Fred Tillman.
McDonald's will name the final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls during the 2011 McDonald's All-American Selection Show on ESPNU, airing Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Central Time.
The 34th annual Boys Game tips off at 9 p.m. CT and will air live on ESPN. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME. All ticket purchases include free parking at the United Center.
Proceeds from ticket sales of both games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana. To date, millions of dollars have been donated to RMHC Chapters from proceeds generated at the McDonald's All American Games.
Since 1978, more than 1,000 male and female athletes have competed in the McDonald's All American Games, forming an elite list of players in basketball history. McDonald's All American athletes include basketball greats Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Candace Parker, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose.