(CBS)–Throughout Maryland, Virginia and D.C., sixty-four high school basketball players were nominated as potential ‘all-stars’ of prep hoops to play in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game.
Paul VI’s VJ King, DeMatha’s Markelle Fultz, and Riverdale Baptist’s Kaila Charles will all head to Chicago’s United Center on March 30 to show off their skills on a nationally-televised stage, as ESPNU will feature the event. With hundreds of players nominated nationwide, the DMV is well-represented with three players selected. In fact, it’s the first time since 2007 that two boys from the area were selected at once.
The boys’ and girls’ teams are both split into ‘East’ and ‘West’ squads, totaling 12 players each.
Friday, before the Riverdale Baptist Crusaders notched their 20th win on the season over Archbishop Spalding, Maryland commit Kaila Charles shared her three goals for the year, one of them being the McDonald’s All-American selection. Though the 6’1″ guard is as humble as they come, she felt pretty solid about her chances.
“I definitely want to be a McDonald’s All-American,” she admitted with a chuckle. “So far it’s going well…hopefully I get picked. I also want to win a national championship with this team…hopefully be on the All-Met team again.”
While the last two goals are yet to be determined, at least she can now cross the first one off her list.
Catch the boys’ game on ESPNU Sunday, March 30 at 6:30pm, while the girls will tip-off afterwards at 9pm.