Salesian High's Jabari Bird, Deer Valley's Marcus Lee and Bishop O'Dowd's Oderah Chidom will all represent the East Bay in Chicago on April 3 at the McDonald's All-American Game.

Bird and Lee will play for the West squad in the boys game and Chidom will play on the girls West team.

It's the first time the area has sent multiple boys players to the nation's most prestigious all-star game that dates to 1978. There have only been six local boys players total in the previous 35 years.

Archbishop Mitty-San Jose's Aaron Gordon gives the Bay Area a total of three participants in this year's boys game.

"It's really cool," Bird said. "It shows how much talent we have in Northern Calfornia. All three of us want to go out there and put on a show."

Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard who is rated the No. 19 senior in the country by ESPN, led Salesian to the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV state title last year. He will play at Cal next season.

"I'm looking forward to playing against everybody," Bird said. "Just go compete and have fun."

The Kentucky-bound Lee is a 6-9 forward who ESPN ranks the No. 18 senior in the nation.

There hasn't been a boys player from a Bay Area high school selected since Oakland Tech's Leon Powe in 2003. Brandon Ashley, a former Bishop O'Dowd player who transferred to Findlay Prep-Henderson (Nev.), before his senior season, was selected last year.


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The 6-foot-4 Chidom, who has signed with Duke, is the first East Bay girls basketball player to be selected since Pinole Valley's DeNesha Stallworth was picked in 2009. Stallworth is now a starter at Kentucky after she transferred from Cal two years ago.

Chidom, ranked among the top 10 players in the country for the class of 2013, has led the Dragons to a 22-3 record this season.

Last summer she played for the under-17 national team at the FIBA World Championships in Amsterdam. She'll be reunited with many of those teammates in Chicago.

Chidom is one of three players from the West roster that have signed with Duke, along with Kendall Cooper and Rebecca Greenwell.

Earlier this month, Chidom was selected to play in the WBCA All-American game that will be played April 6 in New Orleans.

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