On March 28, 2023, the 48 best boys and girls high school basketball seniors in the country will meet at the Toyota Center – home of the Houston Rockets – for the McDonald's All-American Games.
This will be the first time the prestigious showcase has been played in Houston. The city has produced 23 McDonald's All-Americans, including Rashard Lewis, Gerald Green and De'Aaron Fox.
Since the game's inception in 1977, NBA superstars including Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have played in the event.
Every current NBA roster is sprinkled with former McDonald's All-Americans and 12 players from the 2022 NBA All-Star Game wore the golden arches logo across their chest in high school.
"We've got the best high school players coming to town this March and you know Toyota Center is gonna be hype," Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets said. "To have been named a McDonald's All-American, to play for the Rockets and now have the Games come to Houston is so special."
Green was named to the 2020 McDonald's roster, which was going to be played in Houston but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the second time that Texas has hosted the game after Moody Coliseum (Southern Methodist University) held the 1985 edition.
"The McDonald's All-American Games represent more than one night of basketball. It's a chance for elite players to show out on the national stage and create their own legacy," said Elizabeth Campbell, Senior Director of Cultural Engagement, McDonald's USA.