With his nomination to the McDonald’s All American High School Boys Basketball Team, Jake Plite of Sparta High School is being recognized as one of the top prep standouts in the nation, becoming one of just a select number of male players nominated for the honor in Michigan.
Plite is among just more than 2,100 nominees competing nationwide to fill one of 24 positions on the Boys Team, and play for the honor of raising proceeds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. The final team roster will be announced on ESPNU on February 11 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Plite was nominated by the McDonald’s All American Basketball Team Boys Selection Committee, a group of 32 prominent basketball experts, including nationally renowned coaches and top high school sports journalists.
The 33rd annual Boys Game will tip off at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 31, at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and will air live on ESPN. The Girls Game will precede the Boys Game at 5:30 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ESPNU.
Proceeds from ticket sales of both games will benefit RMHC of Central Ohio. To date, millions of dollars have been donated to RMHC chapters from proceeds generated at the McDonald’s All American Games. RMHC’s core three programs include the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile—extending the reach of the charity to directly improve the health and well-being of children around the world.
Since 1977, more than 750 male players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games, forming an elite list that reads like a “who’s who” in basketball history. McDonald’s All American athletes include basketball greats Alonzo Mourning, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.