Nomination Criteria & Selection Process



McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games Player Nomination and Selection Process


The McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games feature the top 24 boy and 24 girl players from high schools throughout the United States and sets itself apart from other comparable events in that players are selected based on a systematic voting process.   The Selection Committee, led by Director Terri Lynn Wootten and committee chair Joe Wootten, is composed of basketball experts from across the country that review prospect’s fundamental talents and athleticism in the committee’s effort to identify to the top 48.  The following elements are taken into serious consideration when selecting a McDonald’s All American.  


Athletic Achievement

  • Player’s accomplishments on the hardwood. 

  • High school career:  All evaluations and nominations are based on the individual players fundamental skill level and athleticism. 

  • Player’s Accolades

  • Has played in 50% of their senior year season. 


Scholastic Achievement

  • Attends and participates in a high school program that has ONE eligible varsity team and is a member of a high school athletic conference or league.

  • All nominees must be eligible to participate under the rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) or other comparable organization.

  • A nominee is eligible to be a McDonald’s All American if he or she is deemed eligible to participate under their high school and governing league policies.

  • Each nominee must be a high school senior.

  • Nominees cannot have their 19th birthday before September 1st of their senior year.

  • Nominees must be academically eligible to participate with their high school team based on their school and league requirements.

  • Nominees cannot hold a professional status as a basketball player or receive payment/inducements for participation in basketball games/events.

  • Nominees must live in The United States and attend a United States High School.



  • Players who have been convicted of a felony are not permitted.

  • Players who have been charged with a felony with a case pending are not permitted.

  • Players who have a history of “getting in trouble” with either the law (i.e. misdemeanor), at school, during extracurricular activities, and/or at home may be excluded pending feedback from their principal, athletic director, coach, league officials, and/or community leaders.

  • The Selection Committee will review on a case-by-case basis.