Rosel Hurley Nominated to the McDonald’s All-American Game


Senior Rosel Hurley is one of 21 Northeast Ohio boys basketball standout seniors to be nominated to the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game in April. Hurley, a four-year letter-recipient for Coach Danny Young’s varsity program and a Kent State commit, is nominated to a pool of over 150 boys basketball standouts from all over the country.

“It’s a great honor but its not the center of my focus right now,” Hurley said. “My teammates and I are focused on first winning the conference then going deep in the state tournament. The nomination is a bonus to being able to play for a state title.”

The McDonald’s All-American game annually showcases the top 26 boys and girls, divided into East and West teams, in a nationally broadcasted all-star exhibition game. In addition to the exhibition, the boys can participate in a dunk contest, and both boys and girls may participate in a three-point contest and a timed overall skills competition.

Superstar players and legends such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, among many others have participated in the all-star exhibition since it’s introduction in 1978.

Hurley now faces preliminary round voting, which leads to three more rounds of voting by a selection committee of some of the nation’s most prominent high school analysts, scouts, and prestigious head coaches. The process narrows a field of 150 down to two 12-13 man rosters based on the East and West regions through three rounds of voting.

It’s a long road to the exhibition and perhaps a long shot for Hurley, but the nomination is a special reward nonetheless.

“I’m very humbled to have received this, it’s a great opportunity and I’m going to use it as motivation to play that much harder,” Hurley said.

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