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Area trio named McDonald’s All-American nominees

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Greenfield School seniors Coby White and Elijah McCadden, as well as North Johnston High senior Tayanna Jones have been nominated as potential players in the McDonald’s All-American Games, set for March 28 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

The preliminary list, including 700 boys and girls basketball players from 45 states and the District of Columbia, was released Wednesday.

The final rosters, containing the top 24 boys and girls players in the country as determined by a selection committee, will be unveiled on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

White, who has signed with the University of North Carolina, recently eclipsed the 3,000-point mark for his career.

A two-time Wilson Times Boys Player of the Year, the 6-foot-5, 170-pound White bucketed 119 points in the prestigious three-day John Wall Holiday Invitational, making him the tournament’s all-time leading scorer for a single event.

McCadden, a Georgia Southern signee, complements White in the backcourt and is a consistent double-double threat from his off-guard position.

Jones, bound for Georgetown University, has helped guide the Lady Panthers to a 14-0 start thus far in 2017-18.

The 6-foot point guard averaged 17.8 points per game as a junior to go along with 7.1 rebounds and two steals per contest.

Tipoff of the 17th annual girls game is set for 5 p.m. on March 28 and will be televised on ESPN2. The 41st annual boys contest will follow at 7 and will be aired by ESPN.

Seventeen boys players were nominated from North Carolina, while Jones was one of 10 girls nominated from the Old North State.

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