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Three local high school seniors selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game

Updated Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 | 6:06 p.m.

High school basketball players invited to national game

KSNV coverage of three local high school basketball players invited to play in McDonald's All-American Game, March 21, 2012.

Bishop Gorman High's Shabazz Muhammad and Findlay Prep duo Anthony Bennett and Brandon Ashley were among 24 high school seniors selected nationwide on Thursday to participate in the McDonald’s All-American game.

Earlier this month, all three were also selected for the 11th annual Jordan Brand Classic, which is April 14 in Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena.

With the selections of Bennett and Ashley, Henderson-based Findlay Prep has now had six players picked for the game in the last four years. The game is held on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago.

"To think that we've had six in the last four years, that's quite an accomplishment," Findlay Prep basketball coach Mike Peck said. "Very proud of our guys and excited for them at the same time. It goes to show that all the work and effort they've put into it is recognized."

Muhammad, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound shooting guard, is averaging 29.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He has UNLV listed among the seven schools that he’s still considering.

Bennett, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound power forward, is averaging 15.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. A native of Canada, Bennett was AAU teammates with current UNLV redshirt freshman Khem Birch.

Ashley, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward who is committed to Arizona, is averaging 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. While the honors for Peck's duo have been plentiful, he said that this one is still at the top of the list.

"It's probably got the longest history and tradition of accolades in terms of the ultimate goal for a high school player individually, so I think it means a lot more," Peck said.

Former Pilots who received the distinction included Avery Bradley (2009), Tristan Thompson (2010, Cory Joseph (2010) and Myck Kabongo (2011).

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. Great for the valley high schools and the recognition to the players. It's a great honor for players to be selected. Now come play at UNLV fellas!

  2. Commit to the Rebels and elevate the RunNGun offense.