He may not be playing at the United Center in the McDonald's All-American Game, but East Aurora's Ryan Boatright has been selected to play in a new high school all-star event that will be held in suburban Houston the same weekend of the NCAA Final Four.
Boatright is one of four players from Illinois named to the 10-man North team for the inaugural All-American Championship. Ten-player teams will also represent the East, West and South regions of the country.
The complete rosters are listed here.
Those teams will play a semifinal game on Friday (April 1st) with consolation and title games set for Sunday (April 3). The games will be played at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, a 6,400-seat arena in Aldine, Texas, a suburb of Houston.
The NCAA Tournament semifinals are held on Saturday of that same weekend with the title game on Monday night.
Joining Boatright, a Connecticut recruit, on the North team will be Mt. Carmel's Tracy Abrams (Illinois), Orr's Michael Henry (Illinois), Rock Island's Chasson Randle (Stanford) and Whitney Young's Same Thompson (Ohio State).
The idea for the All-American Championship was developed by the Gazelle Group, a sports marketing firm based in Princeton, N.J. and plans were announced in January.