020619_Anthony_Edwards Anthony Edwards

Holy Spirit Prep boys’ basketball star Anthony Edwards takes a shot in a game earlier this season.

Holy Spirit Prep boys’ basketball star Anthony Edwards was selected to the McDonald’s All-American team when it was announced Thursday.

Edwards will join 23 other boys’ players, the best of the best from around the country, on the teams. The boys’ squads and the girls’ teams, which also have 24 players, will compete in the 42nd annual McDonald’s All-American Games March 27 at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta.

The game will be preceded by Jam Fest, the 3-point contest and dunk competition March 25 at Wheeler High School in east Cobb. Both events will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Edwards, who is undecided on a college, will play for the East team in the game. He has helped Holy Spirit win back-to-back state championships in 2017 and 2018 and has the Cougars gunning for a third straight title.

“The McDonald’s All American Games (have) a rich history of showcasing the nation’s top talent and paving the way for basketball greatness,” Morgan Wootten, McDonald’s All-American Games selection committee co-chair, said in a news release. “We’re very eager to return to Atlanta for the second consecutive year, giving fans the opportunity to once again see future basketball legends step on the court.”

Edwards is the only player from Georgia on the boys’ or girls’ McDonald's All-America teams. He’s the first local player selected to one of the teams since Pace Academy star Wendell Carter Jr. and St. Francis High School standout Maya Dodson were selected to the boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively, in 2017.

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