0

Gwinnett girls dominate state's McDonald's All-American nominations

The nominees are in for the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game, which will be played on April 3 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.

This year, 340 of the top high school girls basketball players in the nation made the list, and the list of players from Georgia is dominated by Gwinnett County.

Eight of the 15 players nominated from Georgia are from three different Gwinnett schools, led by three of that nation's highest-ranked players in two-time Daily Post Girls Player of the Year Diamond DeShields of Norcross (ranked No. 1 among the Full Court Fresh 50), Buford's Kaela Davis (ranked No. 3) and North Gwinnett's Lexie Brown (No. 13).

All three players also have teammates to make the first round of McDonald's nominees, with Norcross' Shayla Cooper (No. 31 in the Full Court Fresh 50) joining DeShields, Kristina Nelson joining Davis from Buford and Peyton Whitted joining Brown from North.

Rounding out the Gwinnett nominees are a pair of Brookwood players in Courtney Gardner and Rebecca Walker.

Alumni of the McDonald's All-American Game include Collins Hill grad and current Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore, plus Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and Breanna Stewart.

The final roster of 24 will be announced during the McDonald's All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m.