Joliet West’s Jeremy Fears Jr. named to McDonald’s All-American Game


Joliet West’s Jeremy Fears Jr. has been named a contestant in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game.

Senior is the first Illinois player since Max Christie in 2021.

The last time the Chicago area attended a game was Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson in 2015. Young’s DJ Steward said he was selected for 2020, but no games actually took place due to COVID-19.

“He seems to have the best of both worlds,” said Jeremy Fears Sr. “He got the chance to go home and play in his hometown with his brother and it was a great honor. People will never forget this. It’s forever.”

Fears played for Joliet West as a freshman and transferred to La Lumiere, a prep school in Indiana, when COVID delayed his sophomore season. He rose to national prominence with his La Lumiere, which he regularly plays on ESPN.

Fears, who signed with Michigan in November, won two gold medals playing for the US team in the summer. He is the highest-ranked player in the state, currently on ESPN where he is checked in at number 20.

Michael Thompson, a Joliet native who attended Providence, was a McDonald’s All-American in 2002. he played for Duke.

Hinsdale native Matas Buzeris, who plays for Sunrise Christians in Kansas, was also selected to play in this year’s game.

McDonald’s All-American Game will be held March 28 at the Toyota Center in Houston. Last year it was held at Wintrust his arena in Chicago.

Illinois McDonald’s All-Americans

Mark Aguirre, Westinghouse, 1978

Cliff Alexander, Curie, 2014

Eric Anderson, Saint Francis de Sales, 1988

Nick Anderson, Simeon, 1986

Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park, 2011

Jamie Brandon, King, 1990

Andre Brown, Leo, 2000

Dee Brown, Proviso East, 2002

Shannon Brown, Proviso East, 2003

Jalen Branson, Stevenson, 2015

Max Christie, Rolling Meadows, 2021

Chris Collins, Glenbrook North, 1992

Sheron Collins, Crane, 2006

Brian Cook, Lincoln, 1999

Russell Cross, Manly, 1980

Deryl Cunningham, St. Joseph, 1987

Eddie Curry, Thornwood, 2001

Anthony Davis, Perspective, 2011

Sean Dockery, Julian, 2002

Bruce Douglas, Quincy, 1982

Walter Downing, Providence, 1981

Michael Dunnigan, Farragut, 2008

Lafonso Ellis, East St. Louis Lincoln, 1988

Melvin Ealy, Thornton, 1997

Jeremy Fears Jr., Joliet West, 2023

Ronnie Fields, Farragut, 1996

Bobby Fraser, Brother Rice, 2005

Kevin Garnett, Farragut, 1995

Marcus Griffin, Peoria Manual, 1997

Rashard Griffiths, King, 1993

Teddy Grubbs, King, 1979

Lowell Hamilton, Providence St. Mel, 1985

Phil Henderson, Creta Monée, 1986

Bill Heppner, Crystal Lake, 1987

Ed Horton, Springfield Lanfear, 1985

Juwan Howard, Profession, 1991

Richard Keene, Collinsville, 1992

Tom Kleinschmidt, Gordon Tech, 1991

Marcus Liberty, King, 1987

Sean Livingston, Peoria Central, 2004

Corey Maggett, Fenwick, 1998

Roger McLendon, Champaign Centennial, 1984

Raymond McCoy, Bloom, 1979

Darius Miles, East St. Louis, 2000

Howard Nathan, Peoria Manual, 1991

Jalil Okafor, Young, 2014

Jabari Parker, Simeon, 2013

Michael Payne, Quincy, 1981

Quentin Richardson, Young, 1998

Jeremy Richmond, Wakigan, 2010

Glenn Rivers, Disclaimer East, 1980

Michael Robinson, Peoria Richwoods, 1996

Derrick Rose, Simeon, 2007

John Scheer, Glenbrook North, 2006

Iman Shumpert, Oak Park, 2008

DJ Steward, Young, 2020

Barry Sumpter, Lovejoy, 1983

Darryl Thomas, St. Joseph, 1983

Deon Thomas, Simeon, 1989

Isaiah Thomas, St. Joseph, 1979

Michael Thompson, Providence, 2002

Raymond Thompson, Argo, 1988

Tyler Uris, Marian Catholic, 2014

Chuck Baderber, Lincoln, 1978

Antoine Walker, Mount Carmel, 1994

Frank Williams, Peoria Manual, 1998

Efrem Winters, King, 1982

Julian Wright, Homewood Flossmoor, 2005


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