Friday, March 27, 2009

Legendary Prep Basketball Coach Morgan Wootten Announces McDonald's All American(R) Players of the Year

/PRNewswire/ -- Derrick Favors, the 6'9", 235 lb. prep superstar from South Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Ga., was named the thirteenth-annual Morgan Wootten Award winner today. Previous winners include Greg Oden (2006), Dwight Howard (2004), LeBron James (2003), Jason Williams (1999) and the Award's first recipient Shane Battier (1997).

Joining Favors in the honor is McDonald's All American(R) Female Player of the Year, Kelsey Bone, from John Foster Dulles High School in Stafford, Texas. Bone is the eighth female to be added to the impressive list that includes Tina Charles (2006), Abby Waner (2005), Candace Parker (2004) and Ivory Latta (2003).

The Morgan Wootten Award is given to the McDonald's All American players who exemplify outstanding character, exhibit leadership and embody the values of being a student-athlete in both schoolwork and community service activities. McDonald's(R) established the Award in Wootten's name to pay tribute to his unprecedented achievements as a teacher and a coach. The official presentation will take place at the McDonald's All American Games awards banquet on March 31 in Miami, Fla.

Described as a pure athlete, Favors is also an honor roll student at South Atlanta High School. When he's not playing basketball, he spends his time reading and participating in the chess club and Kappa League Mentoring Program. On the court, Favors is the No. 1 ranked high school prospect in the class of 2009, according to

"It's a big honor and privilege to be named the McDonald's All American Game(R) Player of the Year," Favors said. "I'm really looking forward to the Game and plan to just go out there, play hard and try to live up to the hype."

Bone is considered one of the most well-rounded student athletes on the 2009 McDonald's All American Team. In addition to her basketball achievements, which include winning the gold medal in 2008 as a member of the under-18 USA Basketball Team, Bone is also committed to excellence off the court. Her school-related activities include theatre arts and serving as a fifth grade mentor at a nearby elementary school. Bone is fluent in American Sign Language and also writes a basketball blog for the Houston Chronicle.

"It's an honor to be recognized by Coach Wootten and the McDonald's All American Games for all of my hard work on the court," said Bone. "It means a lot to be named to the McDonald's All American Team and even more to be selected as the McDonald's All American Game Player of the Year."

Favors and Bone are two of only 48 high school seniors selected to play in the 32nd annual McDonald's All American High School Basketball Games, which takes place at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Fla. on Wednesday, April 1. The Boys Game begins at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and airs live on ESPN. The Girls Game precedes the Boys' at 5:30 p.m. (ET) and will air live on ESPNU.

Favors and Bone will head to top ranked universities after graduation. Favors has committed to Georgia Tech and Bone is deciding between Texas A&M, South Carolina, Texas and Illinois.

The McDonald's All American Games are about more than just basketball. Each year, proceeds raised from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) (RMHC(R)) and their local Chapters across the country. Proceeds from the 2009 Games will go to RMHC of South Florida. To date, the McDonald's All American Games have raised millions of dollars for RMHC and its local Chapters.

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