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Local basketball players nominated for McDonald's All American team

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Marcus High School varsity basketball players Phillip Forte, Marcus Smart and Shannon Malone, along with seniors Nia Jackson and Nicole Kornet from Liberty Christian School in Argyle, have received nominations for the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Team.

Malone is the first female to receive the honor in Marcus history.

Six-hundred players from across the country were nominated for the McDonald’s All American Games, with Texas maintaining the second number of nominees (69).

The field of nominees will be narrowed down to 24 players selected during the official announcement on February 9 at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.

Players were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. The complete list of nominees is available at www.mcdaag.com.

“The McDonald’s All American Games presents the finest opportunity to preview the country’s best up and coming basketball talent,” said Morgan Wootten, McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. “This year’s nominees represent some of the top student-athletes in the country. We are privileged to acknowledge these individuals for their success on the basketball court, in the classroom, and in the community.”

If selected, the students will play in the McDonald’s All-American Game at at Chicago’s United Center on March 28.

The 11th annual McDonald’s All American Girls Game tips-off at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Immediately following the girls game is the 35th annual Boys Game at 8:30 p.m. with a live broadcast on ESPN.

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