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Kenneth Lofton Jr., Nate Clover nominated to All American Games

McDonald’s has announced nominations for the 2020 All American Games, which will place April 1 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Among those nominees were Memorial High School’s senior big men Kenneth Lofton Jr. and Nate Clover.

“It’s a very, very great honor for two guys to get a McDonald’s All American nominee,” Memorial head coach Alden Lewis said. “Anytime you can get two of your own guys on the same team to get nominated for that, that’s really big for the program. Those two guys, they have been working extremely hard since they were a freshman to get to this point.”

Lofton committed to Louisiana Tech in November, and Clover has said he is planning on playing for Oral Roberts University.

“It’s just a tribute to their work,” Lewis said. “It just shows the time and effort that they put into their craft. I tell kids every day, it’s about getting better each and every day. If you get better as a player, the team will get better within itself.”

Two teams representing the East and West will be selected from among the nominees and will play in the April 1 game.

This will be the first time Houston will host the games in the program’s 43-year history. McDonald’s complied its first All American team in 1977, then held the first game at The Spectrum in Philadelphia in 1978 in front of 13,000 fans, featuring the best high school boys players in the country. McDonald’s created a girls game in 2002, which was played in Madison Square Garden in New York.

Sixty-two boys and 60 girls from Texas have been named to the All American teams, according to a news release. Notable Texas players include Rashard Lewis (1998), Gerald Green (2005), Justise Winslow (2014), Nneka Ogwumike (2008), Britney Griner (2009), Myles Turner (2014) and Ariel Atkins (2014).

“The McDonald’s All American Games has a long history of celebrating the top high school basketball players from across the country and we cannot wait to bring this prestigious event to the passionate hoops fanbase in Houston,” said McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Co-Chairman Joe Wootten.

The Games will help support Ronald McDonald House Charities and local chapters in Houston.

Tickets for the games will be on sale beginning Jan. 23 at ToyotaCenter.com. The boys game will be broadcast on ESPN and the girls game on ESPN2.