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Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett two of nine Nevadans nominated for McDonald’s game

A player from Las Vegas has played in the prestigious showcase the last three years

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Findlay Prep’s Anthony Bennett, recovering from a hamstring injury, smiles during practice at the Henderson International School in Henderson, Jan. 19, 2012.

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Las Vegas Sun reporters Case Keefer and Ray Brewer take a look back at the Findlay-Gorman high school basketball game and break down this week's slate of games.

Nine high school basketball players from Nevada last week were nominated for the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Games, including highly regarded Bishop Gorman High senior Shabazz Muhammad and Findlay Prep post player Anthony Bennett.

Nationwide, 600 boys and girls players were nominated for the March 28 event, which will take place at the United Center in Chicago. The McDonald’s All-American selection show, when the field is narrowed to 24 boys and girls, is 2 p.m. Feb. 9 on ESNPU.

Other locals nominated include boys players Dominic Artis, Brandon Ashley and Winston Shepard from Findlay, and Rosco Allen from Gorman. On the girls side, Gorman’s Zhane Dikes, Palo Verde’s Jasmin Kiley and Julia Dufurrena from Lowry High in Winnemucca were nominated.

A Las Vegas player has been selected for the game in each of the last three years — Findlay’s Avery Bradley (2009), Findlay’s Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson, and Bishop Gorman girls’ player Aaryn Ellenberg (2010), and Findlay’s Myck Kabongo (2011).

The game, which features alumni such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, typically serves as a springboard to stardom at the next level. Bradley (Boston), Joseph (San Antonio) and Thompson (Cleveland) are each in the NBA, Ellenberg plays at Oklahoma and Kabongo is a freshman at Texas.

Muhammad and Bennett, two consensus top-10 recruiting prospects, have the best chance to be selected. Both are non-committed recruits and prized targets of UNLV.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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