Four Bay Area basketball stars are poised to be prime-time players in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American games in Chicago.
Salesian High's Jabari Bird, Deer Valley's Marcus Lee and Archbishop Mitty-San Jose's Aaron Gordon and will represent the West in the boys game at the United Center, and Bishop O'Dowd's Oderah Chidom will play for the West in the girls game. The girls game is at 4 p.m. on ESPNU and the boys game is at 6:30 on ESPN.
This marks the first time the Bay Area has had more than one male participant in the senior showcase game.
"Everybody back there is going to be the best in their area," Bird said. "It's going to be real fun competing against the top players in the country."
Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard rated the No. 19 senior in the country by ESPN, will play at Cal next season. Bird wears number 23 and idolizes Michael Jordan. Ex-Cal player Theo Robertson tweeted: "@jbird2013 will be wearing #23 in the United Center. What an honor!!!"
Lee, a 6-foot-10 center, will be among at least six Kentucky-bound participants in the McDonald's game. He averaged 17.9 points, 19.2 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game, teaming with UNLV-bound Wolverines star Kendall Smith.
"It was a childhood dream," Lee said of playing in the McDonald's game. "That was my main goal this year: to finally get there and finally learn to be the best."
Among the West headliners are Gordon, the nation's No. 4-ranked senior who committed to Arizona on Tuesday, Duke-bound Jabari Parker, and Kentucky-bound twins, Andrew and Aaron Harrison.
It has been a special time for the Duke-bound Chidom, who had 12 rebounds in the Dragons' 60-45 win over Windward-Los Angeles in the state Open Division championship game March 23.
"I've talked to a lot of McDonald's All-Americans from the past, and they said it would be an experience I would never forget," Chidom said.
Staff writers Phil Jensen and Jimmy Durkin contributed to this report.