The Bay Area will have a record three participants in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game that takes place April 3 in Chicago.
Salesian High's Jabari Bird, Archbishop Mitty's Aaron Gordon and Deer Valley's Marcus Lee were all selected to the West squad, it was announced Thursday. It's the first time the Bay Area has had more than one selection in the game that dates back to 1978. There have only been six local players total in the previous 35 years.
Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard who is rated the No. 19 senior in the country by ESPN, led Salesian to the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state title last year. He will play at Cal next season.
Gordon, a 6-8 forward who is the No. 4 player
The Kentucky-bound Lee is a 6-9 forward who ESPN ranks the No. 18 senior in the nation.
The trio marks the first time a player from a Bay Area high school has been selected since Oakland Tech's Leon Powe in 2003. Brandon Ashley, a former Bishop O'Dowd player who transferred to Findlay Prep-Henderson, Nev., before his senior season, was selected last year.
Bishop O'Dowd forward Oderah Chidom, who has signed with Duke, was selected to play for the west squad in the McDonald's All-American girls game.
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