McDonald’s All American Game Picks 3 Local Basketball Players

CINCINNATI – Mount Notre Dame senior combo guard KK Bransford, Winton Woods senior point guard Chance Gray and Mason senior center Kyla Oldacre were selected Tuesday afternoon for the McDonald’s American Girls Game March 29 in Chicago.

The 2022 All-Star Game slate was announced on ESPN’s “NBA Today” show. The game will take place at Wintrust Arena in Chicago on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Bransford, Oldacre and Gray are three of 24 players selected nationally to compete in the McDonald’s All-American Girls Game. It’s the first time Greater Cincinnati has had three players selected for the prestigious All-Star Game in a single year.

Bransford, a signatory from the University of Notre Dame, is on the MaxPreps National Player of the Year Watch List this month.

Bransford, who won the 2021 Ohio Ms. Basketball award, helped lead the Cougars (17-0) to 89 straight wins — the second most in Ohio High School Athletic Association history.

Bransford enters Tuesday night’s game at St. Ursula with 1,984 career points, which is 16 points away from joining the OHSAA record books for most career points (2,000 minimum points).

Gray, who signed with the University of Oregon, is ranked 7th overall in the nation in the class of 2022 by ESPN.

Gray was a Division I first-team selection as a junior. Gray led Winton Woods to a 17-1 record including 15 straight wins.

Gray is averaging 25.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 3.2 assists. Gray is 27 points away from reaching the 2,000 point mark.

Oldacre, a university in Miami (Florida) signatory, Mason averaged 13.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 1.9 steals and 1.4 assists this season (15-2).

Oldacre averaged 14.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks as a junior at Mason and was very impressive at the Nike Nationals last year. The center had four double-digit games, including two 20-point outings in Augusta, Georgia.

It’s the first time a player from Greater Cincinnati has been selected for the McDonald’s All American Game since former Mason star Sammie Puisis was selected for the 2019 contest.

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