North Clayton’s Ali Hill one of 12 Georgia McDonald’s All-American nominees

North Clayton’s Ali Hill was nominated to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game earlier this week. (Special Photo)

COLLEGE PARK — North Clayton senior Ali Hill has been nominated to play in the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game.

Hill is averaging roughly six points per game for the Eagles this season. He said that he didn’t have any idea who nominated him, but that he thinks it could have been the result of his performance at an IMG Academy training camp over the summer.

“It’s a blessing…I know during the summer I went to the IMG Academy training camp and got MVP down there,” he said. “I worked down there for a week. It probably happened there.”

Hill said he competed against players in college as well as professionals while at the camp where he believes his character and work ethic caught the eye of those watching.

“I showed leadership skills,” he said. “I think my skills and character stood out and that I proved I was coachable.”

Of course, being raised by a coach helped Hill develop the important trait of listening to those that could help him. Hill’s father, Fred, is the girls basketball coach at North Clayton and has helped his son achieve countless athletic goals.

“He pushes me,” said Ali. “I love having my dad on the side. Many kids don’t have that chance to be with their dad. I love him training me. We’ve gotten better together.”

Ali, who is currently sidelined with a high ankle sprain, plans to return to action next week. He’s also a standout football player — the senior receiver caught two touchdowns as a Region 4-AAA Second-Team Offense selection — and strives to play both sports in college.

Over 750 high school seniors across the country were nominated to play in the 2016 McDonald’s All American Game. Hill is one of 12 players from Georgia, joining the likes of players from powerhouses like Miller Grove, Westlake and Wheeler.

A complete list is available at www.mcdaag.com. McDonald’s will name the final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2016 Games during the McDonald’s All American Game Selection Show on ESPNU, airing Jan. 17 at 10:30 p.m. EST.

The 39th Annual Boys Game will tip-off March 30, at 8 p.m. CT from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 15th Annual Girls Game will precede the Boys Game, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT and will broadcast live on ESPNU.

Luke Strickland is the sports editor of the Clayton News in Jonesboro and the Henry Herald in McDonough. He went to school at the University of Georgia.

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