McDonald’s bid comes up short for Shenendehowa’s Kevin Huerter

Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter, right, drives against Guilderland's Michael Henderson during a boys' basketball game Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter, right, drives against Guilderland's Michael Henderson during a boys' basketball game Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — Kevin Huerter had his bid to become the first area basketball player since 1987 to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game come up short.

Huerter, a 6-foot-6 senior guard at Shenendehowa, was not selected Sunday when the game’s rosters were announced. The Plainsmen’s star had been nominated for the game, the only boys’ basketball player in the Capital Region to earn that honor this season.

Huerter had led Shenendehowa to a 14-0 start this season after helping the Plainsmen last season to their first state title since 1987. The senior guard is committed to play next season at the University of Maryland.

Previously, only two Capital Region boys’ basketball players have made it to the McDonald’s All-American game. Those athletes were 1980 Shaker graduate Sam Perkins and 1987 Shenendehowa graduate Greg Koubek.

This year’s McDonald’s All-American Game will take place March 30 in Chicago at the United Center, the home of the Chicago Bulls. ESPN will televise the game.

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.