Area standouts nominated for McDonald’s All-American Games

McDonald’s announced its list Tuesday of 984 prep seniors who have been nominated to play in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Games. Staff
Jan 8, 2014
The list of nominees included four from the area, one girl and three boys.

Clyde’s Amanda Cahill, an Indiana University recruit, was nominated on the girls side. Already twice named Ohio Player of the Year in Division II, Cahill has helped lead Clyde to a record of 86-4 in 90 career games for the Fliers, which includes two trips to the state semifinals.

Through 11 games this season for Clyde, which is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll after winning the poll championship a year ago, Cahill is averaging 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this season.

On the boys side, three players who have dominated the area scene since they were freshmen each earned nominations.

Perkins’ Nic Williams, along with Norwalk’s duo of Ben Haraway and Jeff Thomas were nominated.

Williams has helped the Pirates to back-to-back Sandusky Bay Conference titles as well as regional appearances the past two seasons, which is also the only district championships in program history. A third-team All-Ohio selection last season, Williams is averaging 22.4 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season through nine games, and he is nearing the program record for career points.

Meanwhile, Thomas and Haraway, who are cousins, have helped guide the Truckers to 52 straight regular season wins, three straight Northern Ohio League championships and one regional appearance.    

Thomas, committed to Divison I Georgia State, is averaging 18.7 points per game this season, 5.5 rebounds and will soon reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Haraway, a Div. II Malone commit, is averaging 20.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game this season through nine games for the unbeaten Truckers.

This year’s list of nominees boasts players from 44 states and the District of Columbia who have been selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee.

The final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2014 games will be announced during the McDonald’s All American Games selection show on ESPNU at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29.

The 37th annual boys game will tip off at 9:30 p.m. April 2 from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 13th annual girls game will precede the boys game, beginning at 7 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPNU.

Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. The games have raised more than $10 million for RMHC since its inception in 1978.