Blackmon, Lyles named McDonald’s All-Americans

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INDIANAPOLIS – Over the past few years the State of Indiana has produced some of the best collegiate and professional basketball players in America. In various publications and reports, people around the country have taken notice of the talent’s of players from around the Hoosier state.

Two more names figure to be more well known after this week.

Tech’s Trey Lyles and Marion’s James Blackmon Jr. were selected to the Boys’ McDonald’s All-American team on Wednesday. The join 22 other players named to the squad and will compete with them at the McDonald’s All-American game on April 2nd at the United Center in Chicago.

Both players were chosen a field of 1,000 candidates which were narrowed down by a committee led by Hall of Fame high school basketball coach Morgan Wootten.

Lyles is just the second player in the history of the Indianapolis Public School system to be selected to the pretigeous team. The future Kentucky Wildcat has helped his Titans’ squad to a 16-1 record this season and makes Tech a contender for the first IPS state boys basketball title since 1980.

Blackmon, who will play for Tom Crean at Indiana next year, has had similar success in helping the Giants to a 9-3 record.

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