All-American game stays in Chicago

Updated: June 16, 2011, 11:26 AM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago will be the first city to host back-to-back McDonald's All-American Games after being named the 2012 site on Thursday.

The McDonald's All-American Games also hold an option to make Chicago the 2013 host.

The 2012 boys and girls McDonald's All-American Games will be held at the United Center on March 28. The girls game will be televised at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU, and the boys game will be shown at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

The 2011 games in Chicago set a McDonald's All-American Games attendance record with 20,018 fans at the United Center.

"The combination of outstanding fan support and world-class venues in Chicago made the 2011 McDonald's All-American Games the best ever," McDonald's All-American Games director Douglas Freeland said in a statement. "The standing room-only crowd of 20,018 fans at the United Center made for a truly electric atmosphere, and we are very excited to bring the McDonald's All-American Games back to Chicago in 2012 all while supporting a great charity."

The 2011 boys game included two Chicago products -- Morgan Park guard Wayne Blackshear, a Louisville recruit, and Perspectives forward Anthony Davis, ESPN's No. 1-ranked Class of 2011 prospect and a Kentucky recruit.

Bolingbrook guard Ariel Massengale, a Tennessee recruit, played in the girls game.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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