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Tide standout invited to All-American game
Tide standout Jimmy Bacon, formerly of the AAU Coastal Crew Rebels, slam dunks a ball during a Rebels game last year. Bacon has been named to the 2009 McDonald’s All-American Team. - photo by File photo

SAVANNAH — With his nomination to the McDonald’s All American High School Boys Basketball Team, Jimmy Bacon of Long County High School was recently recognized as one of the top prep players in the nation.

The 6’4" guard ranks among the top 1,500 nominees competing to fill one of 24 positions on the boys team, which will feature an East vs. West showdown on April 1 in Miami. The final team roster will be announced in February. Bacon was nominated by the McDonald’s All American Basketball Team Boys Selection Committee, a group of 32 prominent basketball experts, including coaches and high school sports journalists.

The boys game will tip off at 8 p.m. April 1 at the BankUnited Center and will air live on ESPN. The girls game starts at 5:30 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPNU.

Proceeds from both games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. To date, millions of dollars have been donated to RMHC chapters from proceeds generated at the McDonald’s All American Games.

Since 1977, more than 700 boys have competed in the McDonald’s games, forming a list that reads like a "Who’s Who" in basketball history. McDonald’s All American athletes include basketball greats Alonzo Mourning, Magic Johnson, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. For more information about the 2009 McDonald’s All American Basketball Game, visit

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