January 27, 2022 

45th McDonald’s All American Games announces full roster

Stanford’s Lauren Betts, UCLA’s Kiki Rice, UConn’s Isuneh Brady and Ayanna Patterson and Georgia’s Janiah Barker top the list

The 45th McDonald’s All American Games announced its full roster this Tuesday. The roster is full of the most exciting commits from the class of 2022. And after two years of canceled games due to COVID-19, this year’s players are bound to make a splash.

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The 24 player girls roster was whittled down from 760 girls and boys nominated earlier this month. The team is made up of players committed to 17 different universities from 17 different states. The roster is comprised of 11 guards, eight forwards and five centers.

The University of Arizona, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of South Carolina, Stanford University, UCLA and the University of Connecticut all have two commits on the roster, with the ten other schools at one apiece.

Notable roster spots have been awarded to top recruits, including Stanford’s Lauren Betts, UCLA’s Kiki Rice, UConn’s Isuneh Brady and Ayanna Patterson and Georgia’s Janiah Barker, to name a few.

A roster of the finest recruits is the norm for the McDonald’s All American Game, with alumni like Elena Delle Donne, Cynthia Cooper, Kahleah Copper, Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike, Tamika Catchings and more being part of the games’ 45-year history.

However, unlike other years there has yet to be East or West designations announced for the teams.

Patty S. Evers of East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown, NC, and Hilda Hankerson of Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA will coach the team.

The game continues with a rich history of community focus. Since 1978, the games have benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities, a McDonald’s charity focused on supporting families worldwide with access to medical resources.

The games will be held at the Chicago Sky’s Wintrust Arena on March 29. The Girls game will be aired on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. ET and tickets are available here.

Written by Gabriella Lewis

Gabriella is The Next's Atlanta Dream and SEC beat reporter. She is a Bay Area native currently studying at Emory University.

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